No help for Dirk in embarrassing loss

Mavs surprised by pushing Spurs to limit, but Game 7 letdown exposes holes to fill

Updated: May 5, 2014, 10:18 AM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

SAN ANTONIO -- Dirk Nowitzki left the court for the final time this season with 7:29 left in the fourth quarter in Game 7 of this Western Conference quarterfinal on Sunday afternoon.

At 35, he had scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds, but, as has often been the case during his tenure with the Dallas Mavericks, Dirk didn't get enough help.

The Mavs' other four starters totaled 23 points.

So Dirk watched the final few minutes of the game wearing his blue ...

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