Mavericks regain speed - Lone star Nowitzki scores 50 - Two matchpoints ahead
In the second quarter, Phoenix' Tim Thomas blew a kiss at Dirk Nowitzki. In the fourth quarter, Nowitzki blew away the Phoenix Suns.
Nowitzki scored 22 of his franchise playoff-record 50 points in the final period to power the Dallas Mavericks to a 117-101 victory over the Suns in the pivotal fifth game of the Western Conference finals.
Responding with a vengeance after his first poor game of the postseason, Nowitzki took complete control and moved the fourth-seeded Mavericks within one win of their first trip to the NBA Finals. They can get there with a win at Phoenix on Friday.
The breakout star of the postseason, Nowitzki has carried Dallas with his scoring, rebounding, leadership and toughness. He finally showed he was human in Game 4 as he managed just 11 points on 3-of-13 shooting. But he came back better than ever and showed his strengh.
The team's dream is within reach now. Dallas has two matchpoints on Saturday and Monday.
Their potentials opponents in the Finals Miami and Detroit can already start to shiver.