Mavs Don't Get Swept: Dallas 119, Denver 117

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, front, of Germany, looks for room to shoot as Denver Nuggets forward Nene, of Brazil, defends during the first quarter of Game 1 of an NBA basketball Western Conference semifinal series in Denver on Sunday, May 3, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 of his 44 points in the fourth quarter, including a high-arching shot with 1:05 left that put the Dallas Mavericks ahead for good on their way to a 119-117 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night, extending this second-round series and providing it with a lot more excitement.

Carmelo Anthony scored a career playoff-best 41 points and hit a 3-pointer with 3.1 seconds left from nearly the exact spot as his winning basket in the previous game, only this time it left Denver a point shy of a tie. Dallas' Jason Terry made a free throw with 1.1 seconds left, then missed another -- perhaps intentionally -- because Anthony got the rebound but couldn't even get off a desperation heave.