The First 48: Nowitzki Style


I was gonna give a detailed breakdown of Dallas’ 121-112 win over OKC in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals last night, but there’s really no need. In short, Dirk snapped. How the fuck do you score 48 points on 15 shots? Keep in mind that none of them were threes either. Also keep in mind that he only missed three shots. 24 points on field goals and a playoff record 24-24 from the line. Only one player has taken fewer shots en route to 40+ points, and nobody has ever attempted that many free throws without missing. I was just having a conversation Sunday night about the matchup problem he creates for the Thunder. Shit, he created a huge issue for L.A.’s frontcourt and they’re much better. OKC has no answer for Nowitzki on defense, and that’s cause for concern for Scott Brooks & Co. Dallas also withstood 40 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists from Kevin Durant, while those wily vets Jason Kidd and Jason Terry and Bud Bundy-faced JJ Barea frustrated Russell Westbrook.




I wanna see how OKC responds in Game 2….

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