Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points, O.J. Mayo hit tie-breaking 3-pointers late in regulation and overtime, and the Dallas Mavericks denied Denver a franchise record in wins with a 108-105 victory over the Nuggets on Friday night.
Mayo's shot in regulation could have won the game, but his turnover in the final seconds led to a tying layup by Corey Brewer, who was among three Denver players with 18 points.
The loss kept Denver at 54 wins, which the Nuggets have reached twice previously. The last time was with Carmelo Anthony leading the way in 2008-09, when the Nuggets beat the Mavericks in five games in the second round of the playoffs.
Mayo put Dallas ahead 104-101, and the Mavericks, playing two nights after getting eliminated from the playoff race for the first time since 2000, held on in a frantic final minute of overtime.
Mayo finished with 20, while Vince Carter had 22 points and 12 rebounds.
Wilson Chandler and Andre Iguodala joined Brewer with 18 for the Nuggets, and Kenneth...