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Mavericks 108, Nuggets 105 (OT)

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DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks could have used some of the energy they showed on Friday two nights ago when the games still mattered.

They were embarrassed at home by the last-place Phoenix Suns and eliminated from playoff contention for the first time in 13 years. The Mavs bounced back Friday night against the Denver Nuggets, beating the Nuggets 108-105 in overtime.

The Mavs (39-40) had a chance to put it away in regulation, but couldn't get out of their own way when O.J. Mayo coughed it up in the backcourt with Dallas holing a two-point lead. That allowed the Nuggets to force the extra period when Corey Brewer scored with three seconds left.

Dallas finally put it away with Mayo and Vince Carter draining key jumpers to secure the victory at the American Airlines Center.

Denver's Andre Iguodala missed a last-ditch 3-point attempt at the buzzer off an inbounds play from the sideline.

The loss snapped Denver's five-game winning streak. and it also loosened its grip on the No. 3 seed, putting it in a dead heat at 54-25 with the Memphis Grizzlies. The Nuggets, however, won the season series and hold the tiebreaker.

While forward and second-leading scorer Danilo Gallinari will miss the rest of the season with an ACL injury suffered in the game against Dallas on April 4, Denver got some good news Friday night with the return of

point guard and leading scorer Ty Lawson.

Lawson, targeted to play 20 minutes by coach George Karl before the game, logged 19 minutes. He finished with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting with three assists.

Dallas used a 17-2 run in the third quarter to take its first lead of the game and head into the fourth quarter ahead 79-78. Things stayed tight throughout the final 12 minutes.

Carter and Dirk Nowitzki each had 22 points to lead Dallas. Mayo finished with 20 points and six assists, and Shawn Marion had 15 points and eight rebounds.

Iguodala, Wilson Chandler and Brewer each had 18 points for the Nuggets. JaVale McGee had 11 points and Kenneth Faried had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Nuggets dropped to 18-22 on the road. They have three games left, including two at home, where they're 36-3. That's where they'll be on Sunday to face the Portland Trail Blazers.

Notes: The Mavs played their first game since being eliminated from playoff contention for the first time since in 13 years. ... Lawson came off the bench to play for the first time since March 27 after missing eight of the last nine games due to a foot injury. ... Nowitzki entered the game needing 32 points to become the 17th player in NBA history to score 25,000. ... Chandler has excelled as a starter this season when called upon. He started his third consecutive game and sixth of the season in place of Gallinari. Chandler was averaging 18.2 points and 5.4 rebounds as a starter before Friday.

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