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Nowitzki leading Mavs’ push toward playoffs

DALLAS, Texas - Dirk Nowitzki finally leads the Dallas Mavericks in scoring again. He has more work to do if he wants to make the playoffs for a 13th straight season.

The 7-foot German passed teammate O.J. Mayo even before getting a season-high 35 points and hitting a last-second 3-pointer to complete a stirring rally against Chicago over the weekend.

The Mavericks started winning at a playoff pace once Nowitzki got settled in after missing the first 27 games following the first knee surgery of his career. Their playoff odds still aren’t good going into a critical game Tuesday night at the Los Angeles Lakers, one of the teams they’re chasing, but without a 15-1 run in the final 4 minutes of the 100-98 win over the Bulls, the odds would be even worse.

In other words, they’re a reflection of feisty owner Mark Cuban, with their core of four veterans with at least 13 years of NBA experience.

“Nobody gives up. I think we’re all competitors,” Nowitzki said.

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