Nowitzki followed his 30-point game in Saturday's victory over
New Orleans by hitting 14 of 28 shots.
Devin Harris finished with 13 points, a career-high 10 assists
and tied a career best with five steals. Marquis Daniels added 18
points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and Adrian Griffin --
starting his second game at small forward for the injured Josh
Howard -- delivered season highs with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Both teams lost starting guards to injuries.
Dallas' Jason Terry sat out the second half with a sore right
hamstring, after missing all three of his shots and scoring two
The Bulls lost Kirk Hinrich to a concussion about 3 minutes into
the game, when he took an elbow to the face from a driving
Nowitzki. Hinrich, who had rotated to the block, stayed down for
several minutes before being helped to the locker room. He was
third on the team with 13.5 points per game and the leader in
assists at 7.1 entering Monday's game.
Ben Gordon scored 26 points and Luol Deng had another strong
game, scoring 25 on 10-for-15 shooting. He scored 28 in a victory
Friday at Boston and 18 in a loss to Detroit the following night.
Center Tyson Chandler -- bothered lately by a respiratory problem
he said is causing fatigue -- had two points and seven rebounds. He
is taking medication and is scheduled to have his lungs re-examined
Dallas held a 46-30 rebounding edge while handing the Bulls
their third loss in four games.
After Darius Songaila's free throw pulled the Bulls within three
with 45 seconds left, Harris missed on a drive, but a free throw by
DaSagana Diop increased Dallas' lead to 98-94 with 25 seconds
Songaila (13 points) missed a 3-pointer, and Nowitzki grabbed
the rebound and hit both foul shots to make it 100-94.
With a 72-71 lead, Dallas scored the final seven points of the
third quarter. Keith Van Horn followed Harris' basket with a 3, and
Darrell Armstrong blocked Eric Piatkowski's fast-break layup from
behind, leading to a jumper by Daniels that made it 79-71 with 2.5
Dallas' lead grew to 86-76 on Nowitzki's 3 4:40 into the fourth,
but the Bulls didn't go away.
Back-to-back 3s by Andres Nocioni and Chris Duhon cut the
Mavericks' lead to 90-89 with about 4:30 left in the game, but
Dallas hung on for its 14th win in 15 games against the Bulls.
Howard missed his fifth game with a sprained right ankle.
"He's doing some light shooting, moving around better, a lot of
pool work," coach Avery Johnson said. "He's looking good. It's
just a matter of when we can get him back out on the practice court
and him having the confidence to shift, cut, push off. He had a
pretty bad sprain, but he's doing really well. He's ahead of
schedule." ... The Bulls will retire Scottie Pippen's number 33 at
halftime of Friday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. ... The
Bulls wore the uniforms of the Chicago Stags, an NBA team from 1946