Mavs Win Game 5 in Dramatic Fashion - Warriors Lose Cool (again)
Dirk Nowitzki powered the Dallas Mavericks to a must-win in Game 5 of their 1st round matchup w/ the Golden State Warriors. Down six points with under three minutes to go, it looked like the likely-MVP winner would go down in the annals of basketball lore for failing to show up for his team when they needed him most.
At that moment, Dirk woke up and saved the Mavs from elimination... Devin Harris was key to the victory as well, but it was Nowitzki's two 3's, a block, and several free throws down the stretch that helped Dallas end the game on a 15-0 run. Dirk only had 18 pts starting the 4th quarter, but the late surged pushed him up to 30 pts for the game.
Final score: 118-112
The beginning of the 4th quarter started like a wild west showdown, with both teams hitting big shots, and matching each other shot-for-shot for several minutes. It seemed like the Warriors simply couldn't miss a 3-pointer - at least until Harris and Nowitzki started pushing the Mavs back into the lead.
Baron Davis fouled out late in the game on a pretty questionable call - which happened just after a non-call on Nowitzki, who hit Richardson on his 3-pt attempt. Shortly after, Stephen Jackson started mocking the referees by clapping for a foul call on the Warriors. The ref would have none of that, and immediately called a technical foul and ejected Jackson.
To be honest... If Davis had stayed in the game, it's possible to think that Golden State might've closed out the game and the series. They had just taken a 6 point lead and looked poised to upset the #1 seeded Mavericks - they just quit playing their swarming defense and Dallas came back and ended w/ the win.
I do have to say though, the refs appeared to be favoring the Mavs late - there were several non-calls on them and several questionable calls on Golden State. Combined w/ Dirk's resurgence and Harris persistant drives to the basket, the Mavs were able to catch up and shut out the Warriors for the last few minutes.