NEW YORK -- When it comes to superstars shaking off a bad night and hitting a clutch basket that decides a game, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has seen and heard it all before.
Thus, what Dirk Nowitzki did to the New York Knicks on Monday night at Madison Square Garden was of little surprise to Carlisle.
"That's one thing about the greatest players,'' Carlisle said. "I played with (Larry) Bird for three years and he took more pleasure in hitting a game-winning shot after he'd just missed eight or nine in a row, than having a great game at times.
"That's why the great ones stick to their process. They keep approaching it, they keep working the game the same way, they keep believing in themselves.''
Despite an off-night, Nowitzki kept believing in himself and eventually hit a game-winning 19-footer at the buzzer to beat the Knicks, 110-108. Before scoring his only two points of the fourth quarter as time expired, Nowitzki had just 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting.
-- Dwain Price
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