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Sunday, June 12, 2011
Dirk Nowitzki reacts to the title

By Calvin Watkins


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.'"