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Dirk Nowitzki one of NBA's best closers

Versatile All-Star comes through again in the clutch as Mavericks close out Clippers

Updated: February 16, 2012, 11:11 AM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

Right now, Dirk Nowitzki and Kobe Bryant are the NBA's best closers.

Don't even try to debate it.

Seriously.

Dirk proved it again Monday night during the Dallas Mavericks' 96-92 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

For three quarters, he struggled with his shot. And at the free throw line. When the fourth quarter began, the Mavs trailed 76-74 and Dirk had scored just 11 points, while making 3 of 8 field goal attempts.

He scored 11 points in the fourth quarter and ...

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