Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points to lead the Dallas Mavericks to an 83-77 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.
Nowitzki hit a 3-pointer with 2:15 to play to put the Mavericks up 79-72 after the teams had traded the lead most of the fourth quarter. Jimmy Butler missed two 3-pointers in the final 12 seconds as the Bulls tried to rally.
Deron Williams had 18 points for the Mavericks and Zaza Pachulia grabbed 10 rebounds.
Derrick Rose, back in the lineup after missing one game with knee pain, led the Bulls with 18 points. Pau Gasol added 17 points and Taj Gibson had 11 rebounds.
Chicago's Joakim Noah left the game after separating his left shoulder with just under 10 minutes to play in the second quarter.
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