Harden misses on a drive, Howard on the put back and Nowitzki pulls Dallas within 1 with 1:13 left.
29 points, 7 rebounds for Dirk Heck of a night for a 36-year-old legend when Mavs desperately needed greatness from him.
Dirk just missed a wide-open three from the top of the key, and then fouls Josh Smith on his floater. FT coming and the Rockets lead 124-116
sigh. peak Dirk makes that in his sleep. I miss peak Dirk
Dirk is pissed….
Wouldn’t be surprised if this is the last playoff run for Dirk Nowitzki. Don’t think he’s got anything left. Under contract for 2 more yrs.
The Mavericks are back to running the Dirk-Monta pick-and-roll with a frequency not seen since the Rondo trade.
Dirk briefly mimes Dwight's flying elbows after that ball goes out of bounds.
So much Aminu though. Also Dirk with 8 in the 3rd...Monta finna go HAM Down the stretch
Ellis has 24 and Dirk with 18. Chandler Parsons talks to the scorers table crew during the break between quarters.
Think Cuban will ever apologize 2 Nowitzki, Dallas fans & Carlisle 4 not giving team legit chance 2 repeat & wasting Dirk's last elite yrs?
Mavs shooting 57.4 percent from the floor. Ellis with 20, Nowitzki with 10. Mavs with 23 fast break points compared to 4 for Houston.
Surprised it took so long to put Dirk on Ariza.
Dirk was 1 of 5 before he hit a 3 to beat the shot clock, followed with a pull-up jumper. Tie game. Jones in to go at Dirk on other end.
Dirk on Ariza is so great for matchup purposes. And if it baits Trevor to drive, it's a huge win for Dallas.
Dirk in some want the damn ball mode
Looks like Venus Di Milo finally grew arms back....welcome back Dirk
Looks like Dirk yelled something at the Rockets bench as they called timeout.
"Dirk from his office!" Great call by Tirico!
Dirk can't make corner 3s anymore. It's a pandemic.
Dirk guarded Ariza for a couple possessions while RJ guarded Terrence Jones. The adjustments to hide Nowitzki's defense have begun.
Carlisle keeps Jefferson on the flour with two early fouls. Aminu in for Dirk. After a time out, that might change.
All kinds of matchup changes for Game 3. Dirk on Ariza with Jefferson on Jones, Felton on Harden. Lots of double teams.
Raymond Felton is starting at point guard for Mavs. Joined by Monta Ellis, Richard Jefferson, Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler in lineup.
Dirk: "You worry about the guys you go to war with on the court. That's always how I've dealt with stuff. I'm going to do the same tonight."
Dirk Nowitzki: "It's been strange couple days for this franchise."
Remember when Ryan Anderson turned into Dirk, hit fadeaway jumpers & was screaming in Draymond's silenced face? Honestly did I dream that?
Dirk Nowitzki keeps it real: “Well it’s been a strange couple of days for this franchise ..."
Asked about dealing with distractions, Rick Carlisle said, "What distractions?" Dirk: "It's been strange couple days for this franchise."
Dirk: "We’ve actually done a decent job on (James) Harden, we've felt. But we are paying a lot of attention to him on pick-and-rolls.''
"I don’t know if anything happened with his back. I didn't talk to him.'' -- Dirk on Rondo
Dirk: "I'm focusing on who's here, and we've got an important game tonight in front of our home crowd. That's how I look at it."
Dirk on the Rondo situation: "I don't know if anything happened with his back. I didn't talk to him. I wasn't there if Cuban talked to him."
"I've been in this league for 17 years, I’ve even dealt with some personal issues in the playoffs, which was ugly. " -- Dirk Nowitzki
(CONT) Dirk: "game plan, you make a few adjustments and go from there and let it all rip. We're in front of our home crowd."
(CONT) Dirk: "foucs on yourself and what you have to do to get reayd to play. You focus on the guys that are here, you focus on the (CONT)