The Los Angeles Lakers nearly blew a 25-point third quarter lead against the Dallas Mavericks but escaped with a 102-100 win after Dirk Nowitzki’s 3-point miss at the buzzer. Despite the miss the German scored 35 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked a season-high five shots. Kobe Bryant had 29 points to lead the Lakers, according to the Associated Press. Elsewhere in the Association:
- The Miami Heat took down the Milwaukee Bucks 112-106 to earn their first victory in March. Jason Williams had 21 points and 10 assists in the win; Ricky Davis also had 10 dimes for Miami.
- Luol Deng scored 20 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 112-96 victory over the New Jersey Nets. Ben Gordon added 17 points in the win.