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John McEnroe pumped up Dirk Nowitzki

Updated: February 3, 2011, 7:57 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Madison Square Garden has always been one of Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki's favorite buildings, so there was never much doubt Wednesday night that he'd score the 13 points he needed to become just the 24th player in league history to top 22,000 points.

But Nowitzki was particularly psyched for his annual MSG stop once he scanned the courtside seats during pregame warm-ups and saw one of his childhood heroes: John McEnroe.

"I was like a little kid," Nowitzki said.

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