DALLAS (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points and the Dallas Mavericks rallied from 14 points down in the second quarter to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-96 on Thursday night.
Dallas won its second straight -- improving to 15-0 all-time against the Bobcats -- although the victories have come against lottery-bound Washington and Charlotte.
Jason Terry added 18 points and Rodrigue Beaubois 14 for the Mavs, who had lost eight of their previous 11.
Corey Maggette scored 21 points and Tyrus Thomas had 14 for the league-worst Bobcats (6-36).
After trailing most of the first half, Dallas took control with a third-quarter surge led by consecutive 3-pointers from Nowitzki.
Nowitzki scored eight straight points while his team was on a 17-8 run capped by Vince Carter's 3-pointer, giving Dallas a 74-68 edge entering the final quarter.
The Mavs turned up the defensive pressure in the third, limiting Charlotte to 5-for-21 shooting from the field.
Beaubois connected on consecutive layu...