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Dallas' O.J. Mayo (32), Vince Carter (25) and Shawn Marion (0) attempt to strip the ball from Los Angeles' Eric Bledsoe during the second half Tuesday's game in Dallas. Dallas won 109-102 in overtime.
Dallas' O.J. Mayo (32), Vince Carter (25) and Shawn Marion (0) attempt to strip the ball from Los Angeles' Eric Bledsoe during the second half Tuesday's game in Dallas. Dallas won 109-102 in overtime. Brandon Wade/AP Photo

Mavericks 109, Clippers 102 (OT)

Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 33 points, including the first eight in overtime, and Dallas beat one of the top four teams in the Western Conference for the first time this season with a victory against Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

Chris Paul also had a season-high 33 for the Clippers.

The Mavericks improved to 1-11 against the top four teams in the West and pulled within a game of the Lakers for the final playoff spot.

Nowitzki put Dallas ahead for good at 101-100 on a jumper, and the Clippers went 4 minutes without a field goal in overtime.

The game went to overtime after a wild final 5 seconds in regulation starting with a go-ahead layup by Paul. O.J. Mayo answered when he snuck the ball up from behind the backboard to tie the score at 97-all with 0.6 seconds left.

Timberwolves 105, Pistons 82

Nikola Pekovic had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Minnesota to a rare road win.

The game matched one of the league's worst home teams against one of the worst on the road. The Pistons haven't won at home since before the All-Star break, losing seven straight, while Minnesota had lost 10 of its last 11 road games.

Reserve J.J. Barea matched a season-best with 21 points for Minnesota, while Luke Ridnour scored 15 and Ricky Rubio added 14 points and nine assists.

Greg Monroe had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Detroit, while point guard Jose Calderon scored 14 points but only had one assist.

Sacramento council approves Kings arena deal

Sacramento is in a stronger position to convince the NBA to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle with a deal now in place to build an 18,500-seat arena downtown.

Late Tuesday the Sacramento City Council voted 7-2 to approve a deal that contributes $258 million to the $447 million project. The city plans to use money earned from leasing parking garages for events at the arena to help pay the public cost of the new arena on the current site of an aging shopping mall.

The other $189 million will come from the California investment group seeking to have the NBA negate a pending sale that would move the team and restore the SuperSonics name.

Opponents argued that the city should not be paying to subsidize billionaires.

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