Tip-Off for 3/27/13 (featuring Randall Cunningham): The Dallas Mavericks overcome the LA Clippers 109-102 in overtime to continue their playoff push

(Brandon Wade/SF Gate)

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) celebrates scoring two points during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, in Dallas. Dallas won 109-102 in overtime. Photo: Brandon Wade

Dirk Nowitzki is returning to form just in time for the Mav’s playoff run.

The Dallas Mavericks put together a pretty nice roster in the offseason, the additions of O.J. Mayo, Darren Collison and Elton Brand added veteran leadership with a young energetic backcourt. Injuries were felt up and down the roster, including leading scorer Dirk Nowitzki.  The slow start dropped Dallas out of playoff contention.

Don’t look now, but the Mavs are climbing back into the race. Winning nine of their last twelve games, including three in a row, has placed Dallas on the heels of the Los Angeles Lakers for the final playoff spot in the West. The Mavericks defeated the Clippers 109-102 in overtime.

Knicks 100 – Celtics 85 – The Knicks were without Tyson Chandler and the Celtics were resting Kevin Garnett.  There was plenty of scoring to go ’round as J.R. Smith scored 32 points off the bench for the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony added 29. Jeff Green scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Celtics.

T-Wolves 105 – Pistons 82 – Minnesota outscored Detroit 38-16 in the 3rd quarter to put the game out of reach. J.J. Barea led the T-Wolves with 21 points, Ricky Rubio added 9 assists. Jose Calderon led the Pistons with 14 points.

Mavericks 109 – Clippers 102 – Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 33 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Chris Paul led the Clippers with 33 points, DeAndre Jordan grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

The Lineup:

$400,000 in jewelry stolen from Giants player’s locker room safe (Black America Web).

UFC or Boxing (The Sweet Science).

Fred Davis vows revenge (Pro Football Talk).

Te’o shows up at ND Pro Day (Wild Thing).

Meek Mill caught up in another Twitter beef (IFWT).

Chiefs eyeing Geno Smith (Pro Football Talk).

GZA’s Liquid Swords 1995 (Hip Hop Golden Age).

New from the Temple (Temple of Hip Hop).

Vinny Del Negro quiet on future with Clippers (Hoops World).

U.S. and Mexico tie in World Cup qualifier (Wall Street Journal).

 

Happy Birthday to the great Randall Cunningham!

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