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The best offense? Replacement refs

Updated: October 5, 2009, 10:58 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon

Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points on 3-of-12 shooting after three quarters. How the heck does that happen? With a lot of trips to the free throw line.

The replacement ref crew has awarded Dirk, who has been aggressive posting up and taking the ball to the basket, with 19 free throws. He's knocked down 17.

Dirk did a ton of damage at the line during the third quarter. Ten of his 12 points during the quarter went on free throws. He had 11 points during the Mavs' 16-7 run to end the period.



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