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Dirk Nowitzki's Game 1 performance leaves Kevin Durant practically speechless [Video]

May 18, 2011 | 10:02 am

When asked why Dallas' Dirk Nowitski was so tough to defend, Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant answered: "He's a 7-foot jump shooter. And he shoots one-legged fadeaways."

Then Durant, the top scorer in the NBA this season, just shrugged and added, "Yeah."

Really nothing else needed to be said. Not after Nowitzki's spectacular performance in Tuesday's Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, won by Dallas, 121-112. He made 12 of his 15 shots from the field and 24 of 24 from the free-throw line for a total of 48 points.

“I was trying to play him physical. I tried to knock the ball out of his hands and got two fouls,” said Durant, one of five players assigned to guard Nowitzki at some point during the game. “He's strong.”

Durant added: “We can't get discouraged. He's going to make shots. He's going to make off-balance shots with a hand in his face.”

Check out Nowitzki's performance and the rest of the Game 1 highlights here.


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.