For three quarters Monday night, Dirk Nowitzki looked every day of 37 years old and then some. He was an NBA geezer struggling on the second night of a back-to-back, bricking nine of the 12 shots he hoisted.
Then, after the Dallas Mavericks had blown a 17-point lead, Nowitzki suddenly looked like the sixth-leading scorer in NBA history. A vintage Nowitzki performance was the featured attraction during the fourth quarter and overtime of the 118-113 win over the scrappy Boston Celtics. Nowitzki scored 21 of his season-high tying 31 points during the final 17 minutes of the Mavs’ much-needed victory.
Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN
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