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Nowitzki lifts Mavericks past Bulls 100-98

Sunday - 3/31/2013, 12:56am  ET

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, celebrates with teammates O.J. Mayo, center, and Mike James (13) after scoring the game-winning basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Dallas. Dallas defeated Chicago 100-98. (AP Photo/Michael Mulvey)

DALLAS (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki said the ball felt flat coming out of his hand.

It turned out to be the perfect trajectory for the Dallas Mavericks.

Nowitzki hit a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left and the Mavericks rallied to beat the Chicago Bulls 100-98 on Saturday.

"This game was kind of like the story of our season," said Nowitzki, who finished with a season-high 35 points. "Every time someone writes us off, we find a way to come back."

The Mavericks trailed by 12 in the fourth quarter, but Nowitzki scored Dallas' last eight points in a 15-1 run over the final 3
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