Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 3/15/12
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 layups early in the fourth to stretch Dallas' lead to 83-72, and Nowitzki's 3-pointer from the top of the key gave the Mavs a 14-point lead with 6:41 to play. Charlotte was behind by 17 before pulling to 99-96 on D.J. Augustin's layup with 19 seconds left. But Nowitzki converted two free throws on his team's next possession to clinch the victory. Charlotte tied the score at 23-all after one quarter when Augustin banked in a desperation 3 from the right wing just ahead of the buzzer. Kemba Walker scored eight of his 12 points -- including two 3-pointers -- during his team's 14-2 spurt midway through the second quarter as the Bobcats built a 42-32 lead. Charlotte's halftime advantage was 54-48 after Dallas finished the second quarter with a 9-2 run. NOTES: Dallas C Brendan Haywood left with 7:42 remaining in the third quarter with a sprained right knee and did not return. ... Neither team made a move ahead of Thursday's trade deadline. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle wasn't anticipating any deals, saying before the game, "I didn't think there were going to be any trades so I'm not surprised...and we're fine with it." There were some anxious players in the Dallas locker room earlier this week as the deadline loomed, and Carlisle said, "If (a lack of trade activity) eases anybody's mind, that's great." ... Charlotte F Eduardo Najera was back in the rotation after missing two games with right knee inflammation, scoring four points in 16 minutes.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

The Astros are going from really good to possibly great

John Harbaugh: Ravens exploring signing Kaepernick

Bryce Harper blames ejection, meltdown on pregame playlist

Defining Darvish: Is a deadline deal looming?

Kyrie Irving reportedly ignoring phone calls from Cavs

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Congress demands NFL pays $18 million bill

Report: Pedroia cheered loudly when Price told Eckersley off

Giancarlo Stanton mocks Jason Grilli after blasting home run

Adrian Beltre ejected for bizarre on-deck circle incident

Some coaches expect Tom Brady to 'dramatically age’

Joe Flacco could miss 3-6 weeks with back injury

The 'Old Tom Brady is still the Ol' Tom Brady' quiz

The 10 craziest NFL offseason stories

Box Score 7/27: USMNT brings home the Gold Cup

The 'Cooperstown: The New Class' quiz

For the revitalized Pirates, trade deadline has newfound meaning

Every MLB team's best and worst deadline trade from the last 25 years

The 'Kyrie revolts against the King' quiz

Box Score 7/26: Nothing but grand slams

The most memorable moments from the class of 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees

BIG3 Ref Hotline Bling: James White slams the phone down

The 'When George Brett went completely batty' quiz

Finding the possible Achilles' heel for baseball’s best teams

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'Old Tom Brady is still the Ol' Tom Brady' quiz

The 10 craziest NFL offseason stories

For the revitalized Pirates, trade deadline has newfound meaning

The 'Cooperstown: The New Class' quiz

The 'Kyrie revolts against the King' quiz

BIG3 Ref Hotline Bling: James White slams the phone down

The 'When George Brett went completely batty' quiz

Finding the possible Achilles' heel for baseball’s best teams

Getaway Day: A pair of aces get lost in the shuffle

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker