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Nowitzki Says Hinrich’s Late Foul was Dumb

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The Dallas Mavericks’ 132-129 double-overtime victory over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night wouldn’t have been possible without a foul 17-year veteran Dirk Nowitzki called one of the dumbest he has seen.

Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich, a veteran in his 12th NBA season who has a reputation for being a smart player, committed the foul with 1.2 seconds remaining to send Mavs guard Monta Ellis to the line for the game-tying free throws.

“In my 17 years, it was one of the dumber fouls I’ve ever seen,” Nowitzki said in a matter-of-fact tone. “You wait all the way until he dribbles to the 3-point line to grab him, so that’s obviously a tough one, tough play. I saw coach [Tom] Thibodeau was just shaking his head.”

via Tim MacMahon of ESPN

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