Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and the Dallas Mavericks beat the New Orleans Pelicans 100-97 Wednesday night.

Nowitzki gave Dallas the lead with a free throw to make the score 98-97 with 32.3 seconds left. He then got a piece of Eric Gordon's driving floater, grabbed the rebound and hit two more free throws with 8 seconds left.

The Pelicans' Ryan Anderson missed an open 3-pointer that would have tied it with 2 seconds left.

Reserve Vince Carter had 15 points for Dallas and Monta Ellis added 14 points.

Jrue Holiday had a season-high 26 points for the Pelicans, who played without injured forward Anthony Davis for the second consecutive game. Al-Farouq Aminu had a career-high 21 rebounds and a season-high 16 points. Anderson added 18 points and 13 rebounds.

The Pelicans, who outscored opponents by 25 points in the second half while going 3-0 on their recently concluded road trip, tried to pull away in the third quarter with an 8-0 run to go up 73-65 late in the quarter. But the Mavericks answered with a 10-2 spurt, getting 3-pointers from Jae Crowder and Carter.

Dallas stayed hot at the start of the fourth. Nowitzki scored on a turnaround to give the Mavericks a 79-77 lead, converted a 3-point play on a tough shot and hit a free throw after the Pelicans were called for a defensive 3-second violation as Dallas went ahead 83-77.

That lead didn't last long. Holiday sank a 3-pointer to tie the score at 86 with 6:49 left.

Dallas went back up 91-86 on Carter's basket and a wide open 3-pointer from Jose Calderon, but the Pelicans responded with a field goal by Holiday, a drive by Aminu and two free throws from Anderson to go ahead 92-91.