By Ben Golliver
Nuggets guard Andre Iguodala hit the game-winning bucket with 2.8 seconds remaining to defeat the Mavericks 95-94 in Denver's Pepsi Center on Thursday.
This wasn't the prettiest outing for Iguodala, who scored eight points and shot just three-for-13 from the field, but Nuggets fans weren't complaining after his late-game heroics. With 7.7 seconds left and the Mavericks leading 94-93, Denver inbounded to Iguodala, who used a right-to-left crossover to beat Vince Carter into the paint. Once there, he elevated and leaned into an off-balance, left-handed floater, which rattled home with less than three seconds remaining.
An Anthony Morrow three at the other end was blocked by Corey Brewer, preserving the one-point victory for Denver.
Denver, the West's No. 3 seed, improved to 52-24 on the season thanks to 22 points and seven assists from Andre Miller and 12 points and 19 rebounds from Kenneth Faried. Brewer scored a game-high 23 points off the bench. The Nuggets' 18th win in their last 20 games was bittersweet, though, as forward Danilo Gallinari was lost to a serious knee injury.
Dallas fell to 36-39 with the loss, falling three games out of the West's No. 8 seed with just seven games to play. The Mavericks were led by 16 points and six rebounds from Brandan Wright
. Dirk Nowitzki
added 13 points and six rebounds in the losing effort.