Spurs Vs. Mavericks: Dallas Survives San Antonio Bench Surge In 101-100 OT Win

Behind 34 points from Jason Terry, including the game-tying shot at the end of regulation, the Dallas Mavericks survived a stunning surge by the San Antonio bench in garbage time to pull out a win in Dirk Nowitzki's first game back.

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VIDEO: Danny Green Regulation Buzzer Beater Waived Off

After blowing an 18-point third quarter lead to be behind 89-82 with 3:35 left in the fourth quarter, the Dallas Mavericks battled all the way back to a 91-91 tie when Jason Terry hit a pull-up jump shot with .05 seconds left.

However, that left just enough time for San Antonio to call a timeout and run a play for one of their unlikely heroes, Danny Green. A third-year 6'6 swingman from North Carolina, Green has played in only 48 NBA games, but he helped lead an unlikely charge by the end of the Spurs bench in the second half.

His 12 points were the fourth-most he scored all season, and points 13 and 14 were literally a fingertip away, as his game-winning shot at the end of regulation was initially ruled good but then overturned before a raucous home crowd at the American Airlines Center:

Dallas would eventually win 101-100 in OT, but not before Green's second attempt at a buzzer-beater came up short.

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Spurs Vs. Mavericks Score: Dallas Carries 51-40 Lead Into Halftime

Vince Carter scored 14 first half points to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 51-40 halftime lead over the San Antonio Spurs. Carter hit 6-8 field goal attempts in the first half for the Mavericks who shot 52 percent in the first half.

Jason Terry added eight points off teh bench for Dallas while Rodrigue Beaubois and Shawn Marion each pitched in six points. Marion also leads the team with five rebounds while Terry handed out four assists. In his return from a four game absence with a sore knee, Dirk Nowitzki played 16 first half minutes and finished with four points and four rebounds.

Tim Duncan leads San Antonio with 10 points while both Tony Parker and Richard Jefferson have nine points each. The Spurs hit just 36 percent of their shots in the first half and were out rebounded by the Mavericks 26-23 in the first half.

For more on this game Mavericks fans should check out Mavs Moneyball and Spurs fans should visit Pounding The Rock. For more news and analysis on the NBA head on over toSB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Dirk Nowitzki Injury: Mavericks Forward In Starting Lineup Against Spurs

Dirk Nowitzki is in the starting lineup for the Dallas Mavericks' Sunday night matchup with the San Antonio Spurs after missing the last four games with a sore knee.

After originally being scheduled to miss only four games there was some doubt whether Nowitzki would make his return against the Spurs. Dallas has been battling injuries of late with Jason Kidd down for at least a week with a calf injury and Delonte West sitting out Friday's game with a strained hamstring. Vince Carter made his return to the lineup on Friday night after suffering a sprained foot.

Nowitzki has played in 16 games for the Mavericks this season and is averaging 17.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

For more on Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks head on over to Mavs Moneyball. For more news and analysis on the NBA check out SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Delonte West Injury: Mavericks Guard In Uniform Against Spurs

Delonte West sat out the Mavericks win over the Utah Jazz on Friday with a strained hamstring. The injury riddled Mavericks could use West on Sunday given the news that point guard Jason Kidd will miss at least a week with a calf injury suffered in Friday's win.

ESPN Dallas writer Tim MacMahon reports that West is in uniform and is going through pregame shooting and looks like he will play in Sunday's nationally televised matchup against the Spurs.

Dirk Nowitzki is a game-time decision for the Mavericks after missing four games with a sore knee.

For more on the Dallas Mavericks head on over to Mavs Moneyball. For more news and analysis on the NBA check out SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Spurs Vs. Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki Game-Time Decision, Jason Kidd Out

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said during his pregame press session that Dirk Nowitzki will be a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Spurs. It is presumed that Nowitzki will see how he feels during warm-ups before a decision is made.

Nowitzki has missed the Mavericks last four games with a sore knee. He was originally scheduled to return for Sunday's game against the Spurs but he may in fact not be fully ready to go. In his absence, Lamar Odom has seen an increase in playing time.

One player whose status is certain is point guard Jason Kidd who Carlisle said will be out until at least next weekend. Kidd suffered a calf injury in Friday's game against Utah and left the game in the first quarter. With Delonte West also banged up, Rodrigue Beaubois stepped up in the veteran point guard's absence scoring 22 points and handing out seven assists against the Jazz.

For more on the Dallas Mavericks head on over to Mavs Moneyball. For more news and analysis on the NBA check out SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Spurs Vs. Mavericks: WIth Dirk Down, Yi Emerges As A Role Player

With Dirk Nowitzki taking some time off to let his body heal and regain his physical strength, the Dallas Mavericks have had to lean on their reserves to pick up the slack. Lamar Odom has begun to play to his ability, Brandan Wright has shown some spring off the bench and Yi Jianlian has proven to have some "Dirk" in his game.

Facing up, elavating, shooting the spot-up jumper and even getting to the rim when necessary have all been displayed in Yi's arsenal when given the playing time to show off.

"The first couple weeks I was learning the team and running the plays, offensive and defensive things," said Yi, whose English is not half bad. "The players and coaches have really been helping me. This season with the schedule you don’t have real practice time, so for me it’s just watching and watching."

With Nowitzki's return to the lineup, Odom will go back to the bench as the first forward off the bench. However, it'll remain to be seen if head coach Rick Carlisle will have faith in his reserve bigs to play when needed.

For more on this game Mavericks fans should check out Mavs Moneyball and Spurs fans should visit Pounding The Rock. For more news and analysis on the NBA head on over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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Spurs Vs. Mavericks Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The injury riddled Dallas Mavericks continue their home stand against Southwest Division foe San Antonio in a nationally televised game Sunday evening.

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