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Sunday, February 16, 2014
Dirk goes scoreless in All-Star shootout

By Tim MacMahon

Dirk Nowitzki kept saying his style wasn’t suited for the All-Star Game when he was young, so it certainly isn’t at age 35.

Just in case there was any doubt, Nowitzki finished the highest-scoring All-Star Game in history as the lone scoreless player on either team.

Dirk Nowitzki
With 26,179 points in the books, Dirk Nowitzki was the highest career scorer of any player in an All-Star uniform Sunday. And after the East beat the West, he also was the only player not to score in the game.
There were 135 field goals in the East's 165-155 win during Sunday's midseason showcase. Nowitzki had none of them.

In a contest that featured the aerial acrobatics expected in an All-Star Game, Nowitzki did manage to get a couple of jumpers up. He missed a baseline midrange shot and a corner 3-point attempt.

The only other stat Nowitzki recorded was a rebound, which might not make the highlight reels.

It’s safe to assume that Nowitzki wasn’t sweating his failure to score in his 12th All-Star appearance. He accomplished his main goal for the game, which was keeping his minutes to a minimum. His 8:26 was the lowest playing time for any All-Star this season, and he didn’t play a second in the second half.

Nowitzki scored a total of 108 points in his previous 11 All-Star appearances, including 22 in 2010, when he was the unofficial host of All-Star Weekend in Dallas. His 26,179 career points are the most by any player who was in an All-Star uniform Sunday.