NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at Dallas
(Thursday, December 11th)
Final Score: Dallas 95, Charlotte 90
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points, including a long-distance three with 28 seconds left for some breathing room, as Dallas pushed past Charlotte, 95-90.
Jason Terry poured in a team-high 26 points off the bench and Jason Kidd added 12 points with seven assists for the Mavericks, who improved to 10-0 all-time against Charlotte.
Dallas also improved to 4-1 on its season-long seven-game homestand. Brandon Bass donated 11 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
"We escaped," stated Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle. "All these teams are tough, doesn't matter who's coming in. All these teams are capable, hard- playing teams."
Emeka Okafor scored a game-high 27 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for the Bobcats, who didn't have their three new players for game action. Charlotte traded its leading scorer Jason Richardson on Wednesday for Sean Singletary, Boris Diaw and Raja Bell.
D.J. Augustin added nine points and 10 assists in defeat.
"Yeah, we just played hard. We're shorthanded but we've still got to play hard and play together and that's what we did tonight," said Augustin.
Nowitzki's trey with just under six minutes to go increased Dallas' lead to 86-80 before Matt Carroll and Raymond Felton connected on back-to-back jumpers. Felton scored 16 points with six assists on the night.
With the game squared at 88-88, Terry calmly sank two free throws for the lead. Okafor made 1-of-2 from the charity stripe with two minutes to go, but Nowitzki's 25-foot bomb gave the Mavericks a 93-89 lead with 28 seconds remaining.
Felton made 1-of-2 from the foul line, but Terry responded with a pair of free throws with just under 19 seconds left.
Dallas held on for the victory from there.
The very tight first half saw neither team give an inch of wiggle room. The game was tied at 26-26 after one quarter, and Charlotte took a narrow 54-53 lead into the locker room.
The teams still jockeyed for position during the third quarter, leading to a back-and-forth finish in the fourth period.
Adam Morrison scored nine points off the bench for Charlotte...The Bobcats made 48.7 percent of their shots compared to 45 percent shooting for the Mavericks, who also drained 8-of-20 from beyond the arc and 15-of-16 from the charity stripe.
12/11 23:39:18 ET