José Juan Barea
Dirk Nowitzki was talking about the NBA championship capping his career wish list and how much it meant after all the heartbreaks along the way. Then he stopped, laughed and said, “I’m not going to retire or anything if that’s what you think.”
With a roster featuring just one prime-of-his-career headliner, the Mavs won the old-fashioned way, with an emphasis on things like unselfishness.
Heat guard Dwyane Wade thinks his bruised left hip will not be an issue for Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Wade went through some of Miami’s practice on Saturday, took part in the regular team shooting games afterward and pronounced himself fully fit for Sunday night’s win-or-else game against the Dallas Mavericks.
After being replaced in Dallas’ starting lineup, guard DeShawn Stevenson responded off the bench with his first double-figure scoring game in more than four months — all in one quarter of the Mavericks’ 86-83 win in Game 4 of the NBA finals.
As exciting as it is to watch Dirk Nowitzki make shot after shot in the NBA finals, the Dallas Mavericks don’t want to keep doing that.
Jason Terry scored 25 points, Tyson Chandler had a season-high 23 and 13 rebounds and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Washington Wizards 105-99 on Saturday night for their fifth consecutive victory.
Jason Kidd scored 17 points in the third quarter, carrying the Mavericks to a 116-100 victory over the Kings on Wednesday.
Dirk Nowitzki had 29 points and 11 rebounds, and the Mavs beat the Knicks 113-97 on Wednesday night.