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Dirk Nowitzki Finals Game 2 game-winner video

Posted on: June 2, 2011 11:55 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 12:55 am
Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks hit the game-winner during Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki has been looking for redemption against the Miami Heat, and he got some in a big way on Thursday night.

Nowitzki capped off an improbable fourth quarter comeback during Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals by beating Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh off the dribble to hit a running left-handed layup in the game's closing seconds. Nowitzki's layup provided the winning margin of the 95-93 final score and finished off an astonishing 22-5 run in the final 6:20 seconds of the fourth quarter.

Mavericks guard Jason Kidd set up Nowitzki's big moment by finding him with a bounce pass near the three point line with the score tied at 93 apiece with roughly 10 seconds remaining. Nowitzki was being guarded solo by Bosh and he said in a post-game interview that he started his drive to the basket a bit earlier than usual.

"They actually had a foul to give, so I think I went a little earlier thinking they might foul," Nowitzki said.

Bosh didn't, electing to play straight up defense, and Nowitzki didn't hesitate.  

After a hard dribble to the right and a spin back to his left, Nowitzki used a hitch dribble to free his body from Bosh's and attacked the paint with his left hand. Heat forward LeBron James elected not to double-team, leaving Nowitzki a fairly clean entry into the paint.

Heat forward Udonis Haslem attempted to rotate over from the weak side, but was too late, and Nowitzki tossed up a running left-handed runner which banked in off the glass, rounded the rim and dropped with less than four seconds to play. The finish was particularly impressive given that Nowitzki tore a tendon in his left ring finger during Game 1 on Tuesday night.

"I made a move and the foul never came," Nowitzki said flatly. "I was able to get to the basket and lay it in. That was a big play."

Miami, out of timeouts, inbounded the ball and rushed up court quickly, but Heat guard Dwyane Wade could not hit a running desperation three-pointer as time expired. 

Here's a look at Nowitzki's game-winning heroics.

Nowitzki finished with a team-high 24 points, to go along with 11 rebounds, four assists and a block on 10-for-22 shooting in 42 minutes.

The NBA Finals series is now tied at one game apiece. The teams head back to Dallas to play Game 3 on Sunday night.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2011 4:34 pm

Dirk Nowitzki Finals Game 2 game-winner video

You want to talk about rigged. Look at the Bulls/Heat series. This is a post I made a while back on that one. I certainly have no evidence that it was rigged, but someone still needs to explain to me how things just did a complete 180 in that one:


OK, I am a fan and as much as I want to think that the game is officicated fairly I have to question one thing. How the heck did things change so much that there was such a disparity in FTs and fouls. Look at the 4 games the Bulls won

Game 1 - Jan. 15, Bulls win 99-96

Fouls - Bulls 14, Miami 20,
FTs - Bulls 14-17, Miami 15-20

Game 2 - Feb. 24, Bulls win 93-98

Fouls - Bulls 27, Miami 23
FTs - Bulls 21-25, Miami 23-27

Game 3 - Mar. 6, Bulls win 87-86

Fouls - Bulls 17, Miami 23
FTs - Bulls 16-20, Miami 17-23

Game 4 (playoff) - May 15 - Bulls win 103 - 82

Fouls - Bulls 13, Miami 15
FTs - Bulls 17-20, Miami 15-15

So in the 4 Bulls wins:

Fouls - Bulls 71, Miami - 81 (Miami +10)
FTs - Bulls 82, Miami - 85 (Miami +3)

Game 5 (playoff) - May 18 - Miami wins 85-75

Fouls - Bulls 25, Miami 26
FTs - Bulls 16-26, Miami 18-24

Game 6 (playoff) - May 22 - Miami wins 96-85

Fouls - Bulls 24, Miami 17
FTs - Bulls 16-21, Miami 25-29

Game 7 (playoff) - May 24 - Miami wins 101-93

Fouls - Bulls 28, Miami 24
FTs - Bulls 17-22, Miami 32-38

Game 8 (playoff) - May 26 - Miami wins 83-80

Fouls - Bulls 28, Miami 18
FTs - Bulls 15-21, Miami 25-33

So in the 4 Heat wins:

Fouls - Bulls 105, Miami - 85 (Bulls +20)
FTs - Bulls 90, Miami - 124 (Miami +34)

So look at it however you want, but in somehow between the 4 Bulls wins they went from being 10 fouls less than Miami to 20 more - a delta of 30 to the bad side for the Bulls. In the FT department Miami went from a +3 to +34 so a delta of 31 to the bad side for the Bulls.

Additionally, the Bulls were called for 34 more fouls (OVER A FULL GAME AND A HALF'S WORTH OF FOULS) while Miami only got tagged for 4 more.

The Bulls took 8 more FTs in the 4 losses and the took 39 more (again over a full game and a half's worth).

Now I know everyone will say it's just a Bulls fan being a big crybaby, but I just want to know what rabbit Spoelstra and his band of merry men pulled out of their hat to make such a drastic change??? I can understand a game, maybe 2 going that way, but there is no way the Bulls and Heat just started playing 180 degrees different basketball. The thing that got me is just the sheer number of fouls that were called in those last 4 games - almost 40 more total. Someone most assuredly decided to make the game a FT shooting contest. No one with a brain can say any different - there is NO WAY the 2 teams changed their style of basketball to warrant that many fouls and FTs (especially favoring the Heat so much). C'Mon Heat fans...let's at least be real here and call it what it is.

Since: May 21, 2011
Posted on: June 3, 2011 3:05 pm

Dirk Nowitzki Finals Game 2 game-winner video

You honestly dont think the 07 ECF were not rigged?  Did you even watch that series?  As for the Finals that year, the league couldnt rig a series to make an inferior team beat a more talented team.  The Spurs were a much better team, the Cavs had no chance competing against the Spurs that year.  It didnt make a difference if the Cavs were a small market team, it was a really good team vs a college team with lebron on it.  Besides, if the Pistons had won it would have made it a Spurs/Pistons finals for the 2nd time in 3 years.  Plus after ESPN had already panned the Spurs/Pistons final as the worst finals ever because it was two team first teams without a "mega" superstar on either team, who would watch?

The league can rig a series with two mostly equal teams or a team with no superstars vs one golden boy superstar.  The league is exciting that this is a 1-1 series right now.  If the Heat were up 2-0 in this series and if the Heat were up a little bit in game 3, no one would watch the rest of the game or game 4.  But in game 3, expect the heat to make some amazing comeback with Wade and James getting every call in the book.  This is why the NBA is the worse professional sport/entertainment in this country.  Even MLS provide more exciting games then the NBA at this point.   

Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: June 3, 2011 8:25 am

Dirk Nowitzki Finals Game 2 game-winner video

This is not rigged!!!!

Since: Jun 14, 2008
Posted on: June 3, 2011 2:47 am

Dirk Nowitzki Finals Game 2 game-winner video

The NBA rigged the 07 ECF so that their (small market) golden son could get humiliated in a 4-game sweep at the hands of a boring, borderline-dirty Spurs team that most of the country disliked or were already sick of seeing win?

I can make the case that many important NBA playoff games have had curious officiating.  But asserting that the league would rig a series so that they could engineer an uncompetitive poorly-rated sweep of a small market team is rather asinine.  People rig things for POSITIVE gain, not just on a whim.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2011 2:20 am

Dirk Nowitzki Finals Game 2 game-winner video

yadda, yadda, insert slams about Lebron, yadda, yadda, trash lebron some more, yadda yadda, call him a punk, yadda yadda, my work is pretty much done here. Mavs winning it all would be a great story.

Since: May 21, 2011
Posted on: June 3, 2011 1:46 am

Dirk Nowitzki Finals Game 2 game-winner video

The problem is we all know exactly how game 3 is going to play out.  Dallas will control the game for the first 36-40 minutes of the game and look to be in control.  Then Stern will get on the lebron phone, call the refs and make sure that any time a Dallas player comes within 20 ft of lebron to call a foul on them.  lebron will shot something like 15-20 free throws in the last 8 minutes as the Heat will come back to steal the game and win by a few points.  Then we get to hear ESPN all spout off about how this was the greatest comeback in the finals history and that lebron might just be the best player ever in the 4th quarter.  The same thing will happen in game 4 as is what Stern wants to happen.  Game 5 will go to the Mavs as Dirk goes off for like 40, but game 6 wont be close as every call will go the Heats way and the title is giving to lebron to be followed by ESPN and all their basketball guys proclaim that we are living in the era of the "Best 3" or some crazy crap like that.  

Look, i just saved everyone like 15 hrs of their lives so they can do something else.  I have seen this all before, it was the Pistons/Cavs series from 07 when the refs basically gave the series to the Cavs so they could get destroyed by the Spurs in the finals.  We all know that the NBA might be the most rigged professional sport/entertainment in the world, so why pretend to think it wont happen any differently.  If you are looking for some real entertainment, go watch the Stanley Cup Finals on NBC.  At least there you will find great action where the commish (while horrible and could be replaced with a monkey which would do a better job) doesnt decide how games and series turn out.  For all you nba fans, please watch the Hockey games between the Bruins and Canucks and finally watch a real sport that isnt rigged. 

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2011 12:42 am

Dirk Nowitzki Finals Game 2 game-winner video

Goddamn - and Wade even falls down trying to draw the foul there. I'm surprised they weren't shooting a T and got 4 seconds put back on the clock. Joakim pegged it - "Hollywood".

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