Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  31 responses

Dirk Nowitzki: ‘It Was a Great Comeback for Us’

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, late-game experience, and defense. Those four elements are the main reasons the Dallas Mavericks are now just one more victory away from returning to the NBA Finals.

The Mavs shocked the youthful OKC Thunder in Game 4 last night, deflating Kevin Durant and company with an incredible 15-point rally in the latter stages of the fourth quarter.

For Dirk — who scored 40 points on an array of unreal jump shots – it was one of the Playoff highs of his historic career.

From the Star-Telegram:

The Mavericks rallied from a 15-point deficicit in the final five minutes, using a 17-2 run to close the period and force overtime. Forward Dirk Nowitzki said it was simply the greatest comeback he’s been a part of in all of his years with the Mavericks. “I’ve obviously had my fair share of leads and lost them,” Nowitzki said. “It was a great comeback for us, definitely one of the best that I can remember being a Maverick, definitely in a very important game.”

Said guard Jason Kidd: “I have been on the other side when we have given up leads. Those are easy to remember, when you give up a big lead and lose a game you felt you should have won. We kept playing and kept believing.” Center Tyson Chandler said “It happened to us in Portland. I don’t know if I have been on the good end of it. But it was huge for us just to believe we could come back. We never gave up at any point.”

Should the Mavs close out the Thunder in Game 5 on Wednesday night, they’ll have a few days off to rest their weary bodies prior to the start of the championship round.

Does OKC have any belief left after last night’s collapse, can they push the series back to a sixth game? Tough questions to answer for a young squad traversing through treacherous Playoff territory.

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  • Coconut

    No Sheet Sherlock

  • shuref00t

    Dirk, you bully! Made Durant cry like a little school child with his backpack on, during the post game press conference!

  • shuref00t

    Dirk, you bully! Made Durant cry like a little school child with his backpack on, during the post game press conference!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    They learned it from the Blazers.

  • Atsushi

    Can somebody remember the legendary mc donalds commercial with Bird and Jordan.
    Dirk relived it yesterday:

    >>>>”Nothing but net”<<<<

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    The look on the Thunder’s faces…Priceless. I’ve seen comebacks before, but this was like taking OKC’s virginity.

  • http://www.freerice.com freerice

    that was UNREAL

  • http://slamonline.com Saviour

    Absolutely amazing 4th quarter, I was standing infront of the TV the whole time – superb win – Dallas to win it all.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Absoluter Wahsinn.
    That one-hander he flicked in from the left baseline, OVER CollisIbaka, AFTER getting Collison to leave his feet was just flabbergasting.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    I can’t believe the Thunder lost. Wow.

  • Red Star

    Dirk is on FIRE!!!

  • Eddie1

    Pffft. This series is old hat. The original series had Rondo as finals MVP. Ray Allen broke his ankle and couldn’t play in games 5 and 6 of the finals. Grizz were tough…just not tough enough. Celtics Grizz Finals 2011. This finals is Finals 2011 part 1A.

  • Jacqueline Mitchell

    I honestly thought the game was over for the Mavs,so imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning to find out that they won.Now they are gonna go for the kill back home.Go Mavs!!!

  • http://www.courtvisionmag.com caseyouainthurd

    Dirk’s performance last night was beautiful to watch. A definite instant classic. With that being said, I can see KD and company getting one more win before this series is all said ad done. KD has too much pride to go out like this.

  • mdshuai33

    Not that he doesn’t have any pride, but they are a young team and they just got their heart broken at home. I don’t think they’ll know how to respond.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    In the post game interview Durant said age had nothing to do with what happened, which leads me to believe that unless Brooks, or even Perkins, can talk some sense into them and let them know that they’re missing a solid chunk of something called experience and that they need to be more focused with a veteran team, they’re done.

  • bails1

    Does anyone know what eddie1 is talking about?

  • All Day

    ^Eddie1 is channeling his inner Chukuz!

  • All Day

    Game 5 is a wrap for OKC. There’s no way a team can bounce back emotionally from that type of loss at home. It was a nice season OKC…come back stronger and hungrier next season.. Hit the weightroom hard this summer KD!

  • vjiai

    @ bails, yes, but we just ignore him

  • fruizm

    I like the Thunder a lot but Im happy that theyre about to get eliminated…The success they had last year went to their heads…they have to stay humble!!

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Can’t see OKC stealing one in Dallas. It’s been fun watching this team grow together though. I hope this series inspires them to add more to their game.

  • spurnation

    Blow up the team. They made such a big drafting mistake in picking up Westbrook instead of a big like Love or Lopez. Harden over Tyreke and DeRozan? Smart drafting my ass. Looks like Brooks never learned anything from Pop.


    Illuminati 4 everybody! Anyways….was it a comeback or a choke? I’d say both, but more the latter. Any team could get on fire and go on a 15-0 run. But 2 relinquish a 15 point lead with 4:48 to go n a ECF game? Wow!
    Also keep n mind the Mavs r veteranos and this is the Thunders 1st rodeo. So inexperience from the team as well as their coach played a huge factor as well


    ^1 too many “as well”. My bad. Haha!

  • ChristianBulleN

    please elaborate eddie.. you have my attention.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    I remember when everybody and their mother thought Dirk didn’t have ‘it’ because he didn’t throw a fit after David West put his hand on his face. Now everyone’s saying he’s got brass balls.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Dirk is the Western conferences best player this playoffs.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Word to tealish.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Was too funny when Thabo grabbed Dirk’s wrist during a pause in play, basically to check his temperature of his shooting hand.
    That had me in stitches.

  • Ron_41

    A Mavs-Heat series would be great. Marion can check LeJunk, Kidd has enough guile to guard DWade, and Dirk would foul out Chris “Jarjar Binks” Bosh and the entire Heat big guys. Mavs can win this but it would be a tough one. Mavs in 6.