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Dirk Nowitzki with the bank then lucky bounce game winner to beat Knicks (VIDEO)

Feb 24, 2014, 10:51 PM EDT

Dirk Nowitzki may have called bank, but he didn’t call that.

That’s the touch the great shooters get.

Dallas got one last shot to keep their game at Madison Square Garden from going to overtime, it was 108-108 with :10 seconds left. They inbounded to Jose Calderon who got the ball to Nowitzki at the top of the key well defended by Carmelo Anthony. With no good option, Nowitzki went with the turnaround shot that he may be better at than anyone but that was not a quality look.

But it went in. Because the Knicks season didn’t have enough pain.

Nowitzki was a little embarrassed by how that went down but will take it.

  1. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Feb 24, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    He was a 100% fouled but when you take a shot like that with 1 second left on the shot clock only Lebron James is getting that call. Awful last play by Melo and completely takes away that he played really well this game. This is where a real coach will call him out in the media like Phil would do to Kobe.

    • sportsfan18 - Feb 25, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      Melo is going to be a matador after he retires from the NBA ringless.

      No defense, just wave them on by…

      • unxpexted1 - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:27 AM

        I’m not the biggest melo fan but he was right in dirks grill on that last shot. That was awesome defense, closed out space, didnt go for the fakes. Just Dirk is 7’0 with a high release.

      • cruzan80 - Feb 25, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        Sportsfan7……,good God your a hater.

      • casualcommenter - Feb 25, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        I don’t know how anybody with any basketball knowledge could watch that clip and conclude that Melo “waves Dirk by” without trying to play defense.

  2. casualcommenter - Feb 24, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Good defense by Melo, better shot by Dirk.
    As for the entire game…Normally, when defenders decide to switch on the pick and roll, they’re accepting that mismatches will be created in exchange for not allowing open jump shots immediately after the screen is set. In other words, while you might end up with a guard covering a big or vice versa, at least the ball handler won’t immediately get open for a jump shot.

    This game, the Knicks somehow switched on most pick and rolls AND allowed a lot of wide open 3 point attempts. Dirk missed a couple, but Carter and Calderon made the Knicks pay. It’s almost impressive how incompetent the Knicks scheme is – they switch and create unfavorable mismatches like Felton covering Dirk AND allow open shots.

    • justaride88 - Feb 25, 2014 at 1:31 AM

      Good defense? Sure, if you dont count in the fact that Melo is way to short to defend Nowitzkis high release.

      • mytthor - Feb 25, 2014 at 3:10 AM

        pretty sure we are still waiting for the player who can routinely block Dirk’s jumpers. That’s pretty much why he’s going to the hall of fame.

    • ddpenny - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      that is NOT a good defense. when you are a small defender against a tall shooter, you always put your hands up.

  3. apkyletexas - Feb 25, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Remember when the Mavs got beat in the first round by Golden State in 2007 after piling up 67 wins during the regular season? After folding in the finals against Wade and the Heat the year before? Everyone said Dirk would never shake the “choker” or “soft” label after that.

    He’s come a long, long way since then. What a remarkable career.

  4. seattlesuperchronic - Feb 25, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    apkyletexas

    I remember, I felt super bad for Nowitzki in 2006. Watching him win the 2011 Finals was awesome. I’ve never felt better for a player in my life.

    He’s going to the hall of fame with a championship on his resume. Glad I get to watch this dude play, it’s been really fun.

    • apkyletexas - Feb 25, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      For anyone who ever says championships don’t matter for the careers of great regular season players like Charles Barkley and Karl Malone, I would simply point to Dirk as Exhibit #1 why it makes all the difference in the world to have a ring. His legacy is 180 degrees different than what it would have been prior.

      • kingtotz - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:24 AM

        It does matter! that’s why they chased after it before going out. Barkley in Houston. Malone in Lakers.

  5. timb12 - Feb 25, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Dirk doesn’t look too pleased lol.

  6. jzone954 - Feb 25, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Canton bounds team….

  7. markofapro - Feb 25, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    It’s not “lucky”, it’s Dirk.

    Did anyone else notice Vince Carter?

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