NBA playoff standings 2014: Mavericks back in No. 8 spot after OT win vs. Thunder

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs outlasted Kevin Durant and the Thunder in overtime on Tuesday, moving Dallas back into the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs.

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The Phoenix Suns' time as the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference was short-lived for now. The Suns have the Dallas Mavericks to thank for that, as the Mavs re-took the final spot in the West playoff race thanks to a stirring 128-119 overtime victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.

Dallas looked to be in trouble after Kevin Durant buried a long three late in the fourth quarter to put the Thunder up three, but Jose Calderon answered with a three of his own. After Russell Westbrook missed a jumper, Dirk Nowitzki nearly made a prayer three that would have ended the game in regulation.

However, Nowitzki was the hero in overtime, scoring seven points in the extra frame. Three of those points came on a clutch three to seal the win:


Nowitzki finished the game with 32 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals, which is the first time he's reached all those benchmarks in the same game in his career, per Mike Fisher of DallasBasketball.com.

Nowitzki's superb performance came after one of his worst outings of the season against the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday. The big German went just 2-of-12 in that loss, but he more than made up for it against Oklahoma City.

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The Mavs are now a half-game ahead of the Suns in the playoff race, although both teams do have 29 losses. The Memphis Grizzlies are percentage points ahead of Dallas in the No. 7 spot.

Not far ahead of that group of three are the Golden State Warriors and the reeling Portland Trail Blazers. The Mavs are 1½ games behind the Warriors and just two behind the Blazers, who were blown out by the Orlando Magic on Tuesday.

The Thunder, who got 43 points from Durant in the loss, fell to 2½ games behind the San Antonio Spurs for the top spot in the West. The Los Angeles Clippers are two games behind the Thunder in the third slot, while the Houston Rockets have a firm grasp on the fourth seed.

Here are the full standings in the West:

W L GB
San Antonio Spurs 54 16 -
Oklahoma City Thunder 52 19
Los Angeles Clippers 50 21
Houston Rockets 48 22 6
Portland Trail Blazers 45 27 10
Golden State Warriors 44 27 10½
Memphis Grizzlies 42 28 12
Dallas Mavericks 43 29 12
Phoenix Suns 42 29 12½
Minnesota Timberwolves 34 35 19½
Denver Nuggets 32 39 22½
New Orleans Pelicans 30 40 24
Sacramento Kings 25 45 29
Los Angeles Lakers 24 46 30
Utah Jazz 23 48 31½

Over in the Eastern Conference, there's a new No. 3 seed in the house. That would be the Chicago Bulls, who took over the third spot after the Toronto Raptors fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night. The Brooklyn Nets are two game behind the Bulls, but the Nets are just one game back in the loss column of both Chicago and Toronto.

At the bottom of the East playoff race, the New York Knicks fell three games back overall and four back in the loss column of the Atlanta Hawks after an embarrassing loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

And at the top of the conference, the Indiana Pacers are two games ahead of the Miami Heat, but the Heat could get even (in the loss column, at least) by beating the Pacers on Wednesday night.

Here are the full East standings:

W L GB
Indiana Pacers 51 20 -
Miami Heat 48 21 2
Chicago Bulls 40 31 11
Toronto Raptors 39 31 11½
Brooklyn Nets 37 32 13
Washington Wizards 36 34 14½
Charlotte Bobcats 34 37 17
Atlanta Hawks 31 38 19
New York Knicks 29 42 22
Cleveland Cavaliers 28 44 23½
Detroit Pistons 26 44 24½
Boston Celtics 23 47 27½
Orlando Magic 20 52 31½
Philadelphia 76ers 15 56 36
Milwaukee Bucks 13 58 38

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