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The 21-year veteran didn’t score again, but the early burst provided a glimpse of excitement in what eventually became the a 112-105 loss, the Mavericks’ sixth straight defeat and 12th in their last 14 games.
While the Mavericks have looked toward the future since early February, when the franchise traded all starters aside from star rookie Luka Doncic for Kristaps Porzingis and several role players they hope will form a playoff- and championship-contending core, Nowitzki’s scoring spurt, and his pursuit of another milestone, offered another reminder of what’s left to aim for and appreciate this season.
Before the game, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich lauded Nowitzki’s impact, especially as a trailblazer for international players, including teammates Doncic and Porzingis.
“Dirk is a spectacular example of a competitor on the court but a great human being all at the same time,” Popovich said. “He competed with a ferocity. He loved winning. He hated losing. But he’s classy in the sense that he knew how to do both.”By the time Nowitzki faces Popovich again in the season finale April 10 in San Antonio — perhaps the final contest in Nowitzki’s career — the German superstar likely will have surpassed Chamberlain’s scoring mark (31,419 points).
Though his 5.7 scoring average entering Tuesday falls well below his career norm, Nowitzki has said his mobility and comfort level has improved in recent weeks.
Plus, he’s scored 29 points in his last three outings, a rate that puts him on pace to accomplish the feat March 18 at home against the New Orleans Pelicans. While the NBA fined Westbrook $25,000 for his role in the exchange and the Jazz permanently banned the fan, Popovich said Tuesday he understands the difficulties players sometimes face when representing the league but enduring harsh interactions with spectators.
Carlisle said he hadn’t paid attention to the fallout, and declined to comment. Portland shooting guard C.J. McCollum is in the midst of an outstanding run and will look to keep it going this weekend. McCollum has scored at least 25 points in each of the past four games, including a 35-point performance in Tuesday’s 125-104 road win over the Clippers. McCollum missed his first seven shots against the Clippers but later exploded for 23 fourth-quarter points as Portland opened a three-game road trip on a high note. He was the beneficiary of the defense locking in on point guard Damian Lillard and was 6-of-11 from three-point range during his latest scoring binge.
“I don’t ever get gun-shy,” McCollum commented. “I’ve missed a lot of shots in my career and percentage-wise you’re going to miss more than you make, especially from (3-point range). You just have to stay confident, stay aggressive and know who you are. I’m very comfortable with who I am as a basketball player and a person, so I just go out there and try to be my best self.”
“I’ve heard lots of things that have been thrown out there,” Popovich said, “that are over the line and inappropriate, and under normal circumstances out on the street would demand some sort of a response.”