Dirk Nowitzki had a costly turnover in Friday night’s gut-wrenching loss to the Bucks.
But the 37-year-old has made a Hall-of-Fame career out of atonement.
Nowitzki continued to turn back the clock with another vintage performance Sunday in Minnesota, scoring 29 points, producing a pivotal three-point play and grabbing a loose ball in the final minute of Dallas’ six-point victory.
“Classic Dirk,” said teammate Deron Williams. “Hitting shots from everywhere, making big shots, big plays. That's why he's one of the greatest.”
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The Mavs have continually attempt to lessen Nowitzki’s load late in his career. But, honestly, more nights than not he looks to be a better, bouncier player than in the past couple of years. Though he’s said that next season will likely be his last, Nowitzki continues to pile up decent stats to help his surprising Mavs rack up the wins.
The Mavs have won three of four and are 22-16 and in the middle of the Western Conference playoff race.
Coming off the lousy loss in Milwaukee, Nowitzki bailed out the Mavs in this game against one of the worst teams in the league. Minnesota was within five late when he made a mid-range jumper and the ensuing free throw after a foul. He then grabbed the rebound of a Minnesota 3-point miss with 16 seconds left to seal it.
A lot of elements about the Mavs are surprising this season. Dirk’s definite resurgence is among them.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.