Dirk Nowitzki trivia to wow your friends

October, 31, 2012
10/31/12
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Guess how long it’s been since the Mavericks beat the Lakers without Dirk Nowitzki in the lineup.

If you guessed never before in the Dirk Era ... good guess.

You actually have to rewind to April 5, 1995 – nearly four years before Nowitzki’s first NBA game -- for the Mavs’ last Dirk-less win over L.A.

And that rare eclipse of a victory was recorded at Reunion Arena. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, before Tuesday night’s 99-91 shocker, Dallas hadn’t won’t a road game against the Lakers without Nowitzki dating back to a win at the Great Western Forum way back on Dec. 12, 1990.

So, yes, Nowitzki was exaggerating slightly when he tweeted about the Mavs taking a 1-0 record into Utah on Wednesday night “as expected.”

Marc Stein | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com
• Senior NBA writer for ESPN.com
• Began covering the NBA in 1993-94
• Also covered soccer, tennis and the Olympics

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsD. Nowitzki 6.2
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksB. Wright 0.9