DALLAS (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki hit a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left and the Dallas Mavericks rallied to beat the Chicago Bulls 100-98 on Saturday.
The Mavericks trailed by 12 in the fourth quarter, but Nowitzki scored Dallas' last eight points in a closing 15-1 run over the final 3 minutes of the game. He finished with a season-high 35 points.
After Jimmy Butler missed two free throws with 15.9 seconds remaining, Nowitzki connected on the winning 3 with Luol Deng running at him. Chicago's Nate Robinson then missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have tied it.
Robinson scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth in Chicago's first game since ending the Miami Heat's 27-game winning streak. Carlos Boozer and Deng also had 25 points for the Bulls, who had won three in a row.
Dallas (36-37) crept within a game of the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Jazz hosted Brooklyn on Saturday night and the Lakers were at Sacramento.