Dirk Nowitzki called it ”probably the ugliest game-winner I ever shot,” and this is how he described it.
”Basically it hit the board, every part of the rim, hit Jerry West over there (the logo on the backboard), came back over and it was definitely an ugly, ugly shot,” he said.
But when the 19-foot jumper bounced up and then fell in as time expired, the Dallas Mavericks had a 110-108 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night.
The Mavericks blew an eight-point lead in the final 90 seconds, then pulled out their third straight victory when Nowitzki’s jumper that seemed to have missed instead fell through.
”I didn’t even feel like celebrating it was so ugly,” Nowitzki said.
His teammates and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban did it for him, rushing onto the floor after Dallas moved into seventh place in the Western Conference. Associated Press
I will keep my cool and not pile onto to New York teams as I previously said I would. The Mavericks rushed the court in Madison Square Garden because of the ugliest game-winning shot in basketball eons. That says enough.
Playoff note: Knicks are 15 games under .500 and only six games out of a playoff spot in the East. – AL
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