The Greatest Dirk Nowitzki-Led Moments/Games in Mavericks History: Updated
As a Dallas Mavericks fan, I feel personally blessed to have such a talented man on our team. Dirk Nowitzki is undoubtedly the greatest European player to ever play the game, and arguably the greatest international player to ever play the game.
Let's look back at a few moments and games that will only make him more likely to be inducted into the Hall of Fame when the time comes.
6. Dirk Drops 53 Points on Tracy McGrady and the Houston Rockets
The above video is seven minutes, but if you have the time, it's actually a really nice documentary. You'll enjoy it if you're a die-hard Mavericks fan.
Anywho, this game was Dirk's best career game points-wise. I thought I would give it a mention for that reason only.
5. Dirk Drops 48 Points on OKC in Game 1 of the WCF
Now this happened just recently, and this performance is legendary not only because of the number of points, but because his efficiency was off—and I mean off—the charts.
Also, going 24-for-24 from the free-throw line is no easy task; in fact, he set a record for that too. This was also during a WCF game, which puts a lot of pressure on the players.
Truly one of the most awe-inspiring performances I have ever seen (and luckily attended!!!). If you want to relive the magic of the performance, watch the video!!!
4. Dirk Pours in 50 Points on Phoenix in Game 5 of 2006 WCF
Again, let the video do the talking...but let me tell you this: The Mavericks ended up winning the series in six, so Dirk's performance in this series gave the Mavericks a 3-1 series lead, which is basically sealing the deal.
Sealing the deal in the WCFs means the NBA Finals. Going to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history is no small task.
3. Dirk Converts And-1 vs. Spurs in 2006 Conference Semifinals (Game 7)
"We've never beaten the Spurs in the playoffs before. We've never beaten them, especially on their home court. The Spurs were kind of always the big brother that was beating up on the little brother; for us to come through in a Game 7 situation was just an amazing feeling."
—Dirk Nowitzki on his favorite NBA playoffs moment.
"I saw everything slipping away, the great season we had..."
—Dirk Nowitzki on how he felt during that moment.
The magnitude of this game was unimaginable. The Mavericks, facing a team that they could historically never beat, in a Game 7 and on the verge of their first WCF as a team. If you don't like this play by Dirk Nowitzki, you don't like NBA playoff basketball.
Did I mention he hit the and-one down by three with 32 seconds left?
The music in the video also makes for a very emotional moment. But that's just me. Enjoy.
2. Dirk Leads the Mavericks to the 2011 NBA Finals
If you would like to see the slow and painful massacre of a once-great team and the end of the dynasty, please feel free to watch the video!
Yes, I realize there is still a winner to be determined...
As fans, nothing in the world tops the feeling of your favorite team going to its second NBA Finals in franchise history, only to face the team it hates the most (and hopefully beat them?).
To go to the Finals through a path where you recover from the devastation of blowing a 24-point lead to win the series, sweep the two-time defending champions (video!) and beat the most up-and-coming—and also feared—team in the league in five games is no ordinary feeling.
Dirk Nowitzki made this happen. Not to take away from all the inspirational efforts from the Mavericks bench players and the rest of the starters, but think of it this way: If the Mavericks are to win the Finals (which hopefully they do!), who do you think the MVP would go to?
Anywho, I love this guy Dirk Nowitzki.
1. Dirk Hits Game-Winner with 3.6 Seconds Left in Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals
"Seven to shoot, Nowitzki drives underneath with a lefty layup, banks it in, with 3.6 remaining! Miami, out of timeouts, trailing by two, James back to Wade, Wade puts it up for the win, off the mark! And Dallas has tied the Finals! With one of the most incredible comebacks in NBA Finals history!"
Mike Breen's closing comments from Game 2 (you can hear the emotion in the video!)
Wow. I am starting to develop a very unhealthy man crush on Dirk Nowitzki. This guy is fearless. People called him a choker. I don't know about you guys, but the only choking I saw was done by James, Wade and Bosh in the last few minutes. This is just incredible. I lost my voice screaming last night. To do this in a Finals and to cap off a 15-point comeback or whatever it was, this man has nerves of steel. And an awful lot of skill. I love my Mavs.
The Miami Heat played the last possession terribly. Dwyane Wade thinks he's some kind of supernatural being, so he tries a fadeaway three-pointer five feet behind the three-point line. You can also blame this on LeBron for passing it to Wade in the first place. Bosh and Mario Chalmers were clearly open and could have had a better shot to win the game.