Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  12 responses

Dirk Nowitzki Calls Game-Winning Shot ‘Lucky’

Dirk Nowitzki told the media that he didn’t even see his twisting, clutch layup drop into the hoop last night in Boston. From the Star-Telegram: “On the play, Nowitzki tossed the ball high in the air after he was mauled by Brandon Bass, and the ball somehow made its way through the basket. The bucket and subsequent free throw by Nowitzki snapped an 85-all tie and put the Mavs ahead 88-85 with 5.1 seconds left. ‘In the second half (Kevin Garnett) really fronted me and denied me, pick-n-roll, he was on top of me all the time, and I really couldn’t get any clean catches,’ Nowitzki said. ‘So there at the end, Jet [Jason Terry] set a good screen, and I was able to get a little separation and at least get a catch. I was able to get to the rim, and I didn’t even see the ball go in, to be honest. I saw the contact and threw it up there, and I was real lucky the ball went in.’ [...] On the game-winning play, Delonte West, who scored 12 points, said: ‘[Nowitzki] ran over to me and said, ‘I’m going to get this game for us.’ Nowitzki, who scored 16 points and is just three points away from 23,000 points in his career, said he relishes moments when the game is on the line. ‘I grew into those moments,’ Nowitzki said. ‘At first when I got in this league I wasn’t really the player that I am now.’”

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  • tom

    Just imagining what other superstars would have said….

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    Uh-Oh. The Dirkzerker awakens. If he starts ballin like last post season-look out rest of the league.

  • Justin G.

    Not bad for the 5th best player in the league

  • T-Money

    haha, i love dirk. very few superstars would admit to get lucky on a gw shot but the diggler is secure enough.

  • kobesBESTfriend

    Lebron could learn a thing or 2 from dirk in crunch time

  • Fat Lever

    He may have been lucky, but he still drove to the hoop and initiated contact. Worst case, he doesn’t make the shot but gets 2 FT’s, which he probably makes and still puts his team up by two.

  • LA Huey

    I appreciate the honesty.

  • Heals

    Naw Bos was just lucky he didn’t get it going sooner…

  • Will Lee

    Kobe: thats the shot i always made in my career

  • http://obsessioncollection.wordpress.com grgeblck

    i like his honesty.

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    even tho im a boston C’s fan i kinda like how Dirk is at least being classy about that shot

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    ” I grew into those moments”, HELL YEAH you did.