Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 of his game-high 32 points in the fourth quarter to help the Dallas Mavericks hold off the Denver Nuggets 90-85. Josh Howard had 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Mavs.
Nowitzki scored 14 of Dallas' last 16 points, starting with consecutive 3-pointers after Denver had closed within four points. He also was 4-for-4 on free throws in the final minute.
Allen Iverson had 23 points and nine assists for Denver.