Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 3/27/13
DALLAS (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 33 points, including the first eight in overtime, and the Dallas Mavericks beat one of the top four teams in the Western Conference for the first time this season with a 109-102 victory against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night. Chris Paul also had a season-high 33 for the Clippers, who lost the opener of a four-game road trip that makes three stops in Texas. The Mavericks improved to 1-11 against the top four teams in the West and pulled within a game of the Lakers for the final playoff spot. Nowitzki put Dallas ahead for good at 101-100 on a jumper, and the Clippers went 4 minutes without a field goal in overtime. Matt Barnes shot an air ball on a wide-open 3-pointer with the Mavericks leading 103-100 in the final 30 seconds. The game went to overtime after a wild final 5 seconds in regulation starting with a go-ahead layup by Paul. O.J. Mayo answered when he slipped the ball in from behind the backboard to tie the scor...
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