Dirk Nowitzki points fortunes Mavs' way

Star's left-handed layup on injured finger mixes with determination to rescue Game 2

Updated: June 3, 2011, 11:29 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

MIAMI -- Freeze the frame at the split-second the basketball floats off the tip of Dirk Nowitzki's left middle finger, the one with the torn tendon and the splint taped to the back of it, and put it on a poster.

Nowitzki doesn't posterize anyone in living color with monstrous rim-rattlers. But ask Chris Bosh if it feels any less demoralizing to be beaten by Nowitzki's drive and devastatingly soft lefty layup off the glass that completed the Dallas Mavericks' unbelievable 95-93 comeback ...

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