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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Dirk's the OT hero again

By Tim MacMahon


DALLAS – Dirk got it done in the end. On both ends of the floor.

The big German dominated overtime to lift the Dallas Mavericks to an intense 99-94 victory over the Interstate 35 rival San Antonio Spurs.

Dirk dropped 11 of his game-high 41 points in the overtime period, including a dagger 3-pointer that set off another jersey-tugging celebratory strut down court. Not a bad follow-up to his game-winning OT buzzer-beater Monday night in Milwaukee.

Even more impressive: Dirk’s defense on Tim Duncan during the extra frame. With Erick Dampier in a suit and Drew Gooden fouled out, Dirk was forced to defend arguably the best post-up player of this generation. He held Duncan scoreless during OT, forcing him to miss three tough shots.

So much for the silly perception of Dirk being soft, huh?