NEW ORLEANS - Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and the Dallas Mavericks beat the New Orleans Pelicans 100-97 Wednesday night.
Nowitzki gave Dallas the lead with a free throw to make the score 98-97 with 32.3 seconds left. He then got a piece of Eric Gordon's driving floater, grabbed the rebound and hit two more free throws with 8 seconds left.
The Pelicans' Ryan Anderson missed an open 3-pointer that would have tied it with 2 seconds left.
Reserve Vince Carter had 15 points for Dallas and Monta Ellis added 14 points.
Jrue Holiday had a season-high 26 points for the Pelicans, who played without injured forward Anthony Davis for the second consecutive game. Al-Farouq Aminu had a career-high 21 rebounds and a season-high 16 points. Anderson added 18 points and 13 rebounds.
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