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Terry Wins It at the Buzzer

November 29, 2005|From the Associated Press

Dirk Nowitzki regained his touch in the fourth quarter, and Jason Terry made the big shot for the Dallas Mavericks.

Nowitzki scored 13 of his 29 points in the final quarter, and Terry sank a running layup at the buzzer to lead the Mavericks to a 93-91 victory over the Raptors on Monday night at Toronto.

With two seconds left, Marquis Daniels inbounded to Terry, who ran into the lane and tossed a light shot over the arms of Chris Bosh as time expired.

"That is something I've worked on all summer long," Terry said. "You take one or two dribbles and float it up. It takes less than two seconds, so it was perfect."

Terry finished with 26 points for the Mavericks.

Nowitzki struggled in the first half, shooting two for 10 from the field after missing seven of his first eight attempts.

"I was frustrated with my performance all night long," said Nowitzki, who also had 11 rebounds. "I had a couple great looks, but nothing seemed to fall and I couldn't really get involved in the game, but my team stood behind me 100%."

Nowitzki made two three-point baskets in the final two minutes. His first came with 1:42 left to cut Toronto's lead to 89-86. After the Raptors turned it over, Nowitzki made another to tie the score at 89-89 with 53 seconds left as Dallas closed out the game on a 10-2 run.

Dallas won its fourth straight road game and beat the Raptors for the fourth time in a row.

Bosh had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead league-worst Toronto, which lost its fifth in a row and dropped to 1-14.

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Orlando 87, Orlando 83 -- Jameer Nelson scored nine of his 16 points in the final 9:52 of the fourth quarter, and Dwight Howard blocked Mark Blount's potential score-tying shot with 12 seconds left at Boston in helping the Magic to their fourth consecutive victory.

Steve Francis led the Magic with 19 points. Ricky Davis led the Celtics with 22 points.

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New Jersey 101, Denver 92 -- Vince Carter scored 25 points and Richard Jefferson had 24 at Denver to help the Nets beat the Nuggets, who lost Carmelo Anthony to a sprained left ankle 1:09 into the game.

X-rays were negative.

Denver's Kenyon Martin scored 26 points against his former team before receiving his second technical foul for arguing with the officials and being ejected with 65 seconds left.

The Nets built a 55-40 halftime lead, then held off the Nuggets on their way to their second road win in a row.

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Miami 107, New York 94 -- Dwyane Wade scored 33 points at Miami to help the Heat end a two-game losing streak and beat the Knicks for the fifth straight time.

James Posey had 19 points, including five three-point baskets, and Alonzo Mourning tied a franchise record with nine blocks, matching the mark he achieved five previous times.

Posey had three three-pointers in the second quarter to help the Heat take a 65-39 halftime lead. His final three-pointer gave Miami its biggest lead at 82-53.

Stephon Marbury scored 19 points to lead the Knicks.

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Golden State 99, New Orleans 83 -- Baron Davis had 17 points and nine assists at Oakland in his first game against his former team to lead the Warriors to their third straight victory.

Davis was acquired in a trade-deadline deal on Feb. 24

Derek Fisher scored 17 points off the bench for the Warriors, making three three-pointers, including consecutive three-pointers during a 14-3 run late in the third quarter that gave Golden State a 15-point lead.

Chris Paul had 15 points and five assists for New Orleans.

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The Dallas Mavericks re-signed free-agent swingman Adrian Griffin, filling a vacancy created when Doug Christie was waived last week. Griffin, a Maverick from 2001-03, played in Chicago last season.

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