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Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks fires warning shot about Dirk Nowitzki

OKC coach says Mavericks star is starting to pick up steam. He nearly single-handedly beat the Thunder on Monday night.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: March 5, 2012

Thunder coach Scott Brooks' one-man scouting report on the Dallas Mavericks was short and sweet Monday morning.

“I think Dirk is back,” Brooks said of last year's NBA Final Most Valuable Player Dirk Nowitzki.

Ten hours later, Nowitzki nearly single-handedly beat the Thunder with fourth-quarter heroics, scoring 12 points while shooting 4 for 4 from 3-point range.

Nowitzki finished with a game-high 27 points while shooting 10 for 22 from the field (6 for 17 heading into the fourth quarter), but the Thunder went on to post a 95-91 victory thanks to scoring the final eight points of the game at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

What caught Brooks' attention was Nowitzki's 40-point game in just 29 minutes during a home victory against Utah on Saturday night.

A rusty Nowitzki got off to a slow start this season following the 149-day lockout and missed four straight games to rehab a tender knee.

TECHNICAL PROBLEMO

Monday night's Thunder game against Dallas experienced technical difficulties early.

“A technical problem in the transmission of our game tonight caused our Spanish language audio feed to run on COX SD-Channel 37 in Oklahoma City,” Thunder spokesman Dan Mahoney explained. “It was resolved by the end of the first quarter. The FOX Sports Oklahoma HD channel in Oklahoma City (Ch 722) was not affected. We always provide our Spanish language radio feed to FOX Sports Oklahoma to run as a secondary audio program.”

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