Dirk Nowitzki reacts to the title

June, 12, 2011
6/12/11
11:16
PM CT

MIAMI -- We'll have more with Dirk Nowitzki, but here's a quick reaction from the Mavericks superstar forward on winning the NBA title on Sunday night.

"If I would have won one early in my career, maybe I would have never put all the work and the time in that I have over the last 13 years," said Nowitzki, who scored 21 points on 9-of-27 shooting in Game 6. "So this feels amazing."

Nowizki had struggled most of the game, going 0-for-9 in the second quarter alone. He ended the first half with a miss but started the second half with a made bucket. It was his worst performance of the series, yet the NBA Finals MVP overcame his rough night.

"It was weird," he said. "In the first half, I had so many good looks. I can't even explain it. I had some 3s top of the key, I had a wide-open 3 in the corner, some pullups. I had some one-leg fadeaways that I normally make. But like I said, the team always told me, 'Stay with it, stay with it.'"
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsS. Dalembert 6.8
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.2