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Nowitzki sets tone for Game 2 win

Veteran star shows grit, and Mavs follow his example to even series with Spurs

Updated: April 24, 2014, 2:09 AM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

SAN ANTONIO -- Sometimes, for a superstar such as Dirk Nowitzki, it's not about the points you score. Or the rebounds you grab. Or the passes you make.

Sometimes, it's just about the will to win, which is as intense as it has ever been.

That's why 35-year-old Dirk, playing in his 130th playoff game during his 16th NBA season dived for a loose ball during the third quarter Wednesday night at AT&T Center.

He corralled the ball near midcourt and fired a pass Monta Ellis for a ...

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