The Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks played a can’t-miss game on Wednesday.
The Mavericks added the icing on the cake by scoring an overtime win with Nowitzki finishing the game with 22 points and 5 rebounds including two key assists to J.J. Barea and Weslew Matthews, a rebound and a go-ahead clutch basket with 19.2 left in overtime.
Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki passed Shaquille O’Neal for sixth place on the National Basketball Association all-time scoring list on Wednesday, scoring 22 points to help defeat hosts Brooklyn Nets 119-118 in overtime. Wilt Chamberlain (31.419 points) 6. I was a fan of his in the ’90s.
Nets Head Coach Lionel Hollins said of the game, “That was a heck of a basketball game and everybody got their money’s worth on that one”. However on Wednesday., an noteworthy thing was getting a win an night after a loss in Toronto, & ahead of an extended flight back to Dallas. Nowitzki’s historic moment will rightfully dominate the headlines – oh yeah, he hit the game-winner, too – but Barea’s spectacular performance won’t go unnoticed, either. Many people wouldn’t imagine that a player like Dirk has scored more points than Shaq.
“You run out of accolades”, Carlisle said. “It’s just such a tremendous feat and such a tremendous individual”.
NBA Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley joined the Mike & Mike Show on ESPN on Thursday morning to talk Dirk Nowitzki. You can interpret him constantly playing through injury to be foolhardy, but whenever we discuss his tenure in New Jersey/Brooklyn, I feel that those should be brought up in his favor.
NOTES: Dallas G Deron Williams (strained right hamstring) missed his third game of the season.
But by the end of his time here, Williams had stopped posting to Twitter and Instagram after every one of his posts drew a barrage of angry comments from the public.
“I think there’s a lot of great players that had their careers cut short, and that’s why they didn’t score more points than they probably should have, because they were held back by injuries”, Nowitzki said. “I felt like I didn’t know if I was ever going be healthy again”. The Nets frankly aren’t talented enough to sleepwalk through games, or flip the switch and think they can pull out late wins. “It’s a good strategy to use from time to time, and if you play a poor shooting team you can get away with it, but most of the time, it’s a few possessions and then you have to get out of it because there’s a lot more work than when you play man-to-man”.
J.J. Barea had a career-high 32 points and added a season-best 11 assists for the Mavericks.