Nowitzki’s layup lifts Mavs over Nets in OT

Dec 29, 2015
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“That sounds pretty good, huh?” It’s a dream come true.

“They had switched Joe on me and I thought actually J. J”. The defending champs extended their home-court winning streak to 30 regular-season games with their 13th in a row this season.

Nowitzki made a jumper with 9:53 left in the second quarter of Dallas’ game in Brooklyn on Wednesday night, giving him 10 points for the game and 28,597 for his career.

“He definitely was at another level”, the Nets centre Brook Lopez said.

“It was a roller coaster”, said Jarrett Jack, who took the Nets’ final shot.

The Mavericks led by 16 in the first half, trailed by 11 in the fourth quarter, and the game went to OT when Young followed Barea’s three-point play with a three-pointer to tie it at 108, then blocked Barea’s shot on the final possession.

What made it more special to Nowitzki was the win.

Still, he was disappointed not to be able to play against his former team after the hamstring injury, which will keep him out indefinitely.

When Nowitzki passed O’Neal, the Mavericks led by 12 points.

Nowitzki also achieved a milestone with his scoring production as he surpassed Shaquille O’Neal for the sixth spot in the all-time scoring list.

“You know, he did everything out there”, said Lopez in the locker room.

“But we found a way”. Dirk Nowitzki has three consecutive games of at least 20 points for the first time snice the end of the 2013-14 season.

Dirk Nowitzki was running through the laundry list of things working against him ever becoming the NBA’s sixth-best scorer.

“It was a special moment for me”, he said. “I’ve been through all the battles with him and I see him break all type of records, but this one’s unbelievable”.

“Yeah, I think the way I played was disappointing for fans”, Williams said. That ball’s touching nylon, and the scorekeeper’s adding two or three to the total for the big German. 5 of a second left in regulation.

Both teams exchanged three after three as the lead changed hands multiple times in the extra frame, with Barea hitting a three for a 117-116 lead. They slugged it out for four quarters and one overtime, but in a wild shootout, the Nets did not make the last shot, falling 119-118.

James dropped 24 points and pulled down nine rebounds while Love ended up with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Everybody got their monies worth on that one. “It would’ve been easy for us to fold up our tent and not compete, but we came out in the second half and came after them and got the lead”.

Not because of the drama, though there was plenty of that with lead changes, hustle plays and a pulsating energy throughout Barclays Center, but because it felt like the teams literally could not miss.

Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks hits

 

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