Dirk Nowitzki turned back the clock with a vintage 31-point, 11-rebound performance as his Mavericks grinded out an emotional 118-108 victory against their bitter rivals.
Dallas held the lead for most of the game, but an outburst from Austin Rivers helped the Clippers even the score at 95 apiece midway through the fourth.
Nowitzki and the Mavericks, however, would not be denied. They closed out the game on a 14-2 run thanks in large part to some incredible shot-making by Nowitzki.
Mark Cuban’s club carved out a five-point cushion with a minute left courtesy of this beautiful high-arcing triple:
Nowitzki played hero, and his counterpart in Jordan was clearly the villain in the eyes of the home crowd.
The American Airlines Center crowd booed Jordan mercilessly after the star center’s about-face turn in free agency. Jordan infamously agreed to sign with the Mavericks, before changing his mind and re-signing with the Clippers.
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