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History Never Comes Easy

Every time Dirk wags his tongue, an angel gets its wings. Well, that might not be true. It does, however, always follow a clutch shot made by Nowitzki. Unfortunately, the Mavs were in need of clutch shots to pull out their 50th win this season in a game against the lottery-bound Memphis Grizzlies. Not that Memphis isn’t a much improved or tough team – they would be a playoff team in the East – but they are a team the Mavs should take care of easily if they want to be considered true contenders.

With about 4:30 left in the fourth quarter, the Mavs were down 88-75. That’s when Dirk found his stroke. After a Roddy layup, Dirk weaved his way inside for a layup, hit his patented one-legged fade away, and knocked down two 3’s to tie the game at 88 apiece (there was a Roddy free throw stuck in there as well).

Despite their struggles, the Mavs showed that they remember how to close out games, something that had come into question after their recent losses to the Hornets and Trailblazers. They locked down on the defensive end, holding Memphis to a measly 17 points and helped drop their shooting percentage to 40.9% for the game. If not for their superb defensive effort, their 13 point comeback wouldn’t be possible.

Regardless of how difficult the Mavs made the game, they did the only thing that matters: they walked away with the win. Their 50th win. For the 10th year in a row.

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