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Can anyone defend Dirk?

DALLAS -- You get the feeling that Dirk Nowitzki could put up as many points as he wants tonight.

He has 15 on 6-of-8 shooting in 14 minutes so far tonight, punishing three Chicago power forwards.

He abused 6-9 Taj Gibson on the block. He faced up against 260-pound Chris Richard and made him look foolish. And he simply shot over 6-8 Hakim Warrick.

Minutes might be the only reason Dirk doesn't score 40 against the Bulls. If the Mavs don't mess around, he ought to watch the fourth quarter of a blowout from the bench.