While the Bulls are doing their best to stay afloat amidst injuries and keep themselves around the middle of the pack, the Mavericks are finally clicking and fighting tooth and nail just to push themselves into a playoff spot.
Through most of the game, it looked as if the Bulls had a strangle hold on the outcome, sinking a ridiculous number of three-pointers for a team that shoots fewer than 15 per game (Chicago made 12 of 21 three-pointers) and really only lapsing in the third quarter.
Chicago led going into the fourth and stretched the lead to 12 points with four minutes left after Nate Robinson went bonkers, making deep shots. The Bulls seemed ready to coast along and grab tasty road win.
The only problem seemed to be that they forgot Dirk Nowitzki was on the other team. He was 14-17 from the field and put up 35 of Dallas' 100 points.
Dirk hit big shot after big shot, scoring 15 points in the fourth quarter, including the game-winning three-pointer with three seconds left on the clock.
Robinson couldn't knock down one more ridiculous shot, and the Bulls fell 100-98.
Chicago will continue to claw their way along after this game, waiting to see what their team will look like when the playoffs mercifully come around.