Do you consider the final five minutes of Game 4 the best playoff comeback you've seen with the Mavs?
“Yeah, it's got to be up there. I can't remember another comeback like that. But our defense was unbelievable down the stretch. Trix (Shawn Marion) and J-Kidd (Jason Kidd) did a wonderful job on (Russell) Westbrook and (Kevin) Durant, making catches tough. Really what was killing us all night was offensive rebounds. They (the Thunder) got a lot of tip-ins, tip-outs for shots, and finally there in the last five minutes I can recall one offensive rebound they had.”
Was this a case of a young team collapsing, and did you feel like you were in command in overtime, because of the momentum?
“Well, once we got to OT, we had to feel good about ourselves, and we obviously talked about it in timeouts, that we've got to go for it now. ‘This is our ballgame, we've got to go for it.' I don't know, we're just a veteran team trying to play off each other ... we just ran down, we free flowed. I don't remember actually calling a play the last couple of minutes.”
Do you feel like this comeback symbolizes the resiliency and spirit of this team?
“Yeah. Like I mentioned earlier, it's just a bunch of veterans with a lot of unique stories. A lot of guys have been through a lot in this league and have been around forever. So it's a bunch of experienced guys that ultimately have one goal and came together and fought through some stuff, and we all understand that in an 82-game season, there are a lot of ups and downs, and you've got to fight through some stuff. Ultimately, you've got to keep your eyes on the prize and keep going, fight through some stuff, and that's what we did.”
You threw the pass to Jason Kidd for the tie-breaking 3-pointer in the final minute of overtime. How much trust do you have in Jason?
“I'm proud of Jason Kidd, the way he battles on defense, the floor game he leads for us every night, the steals he gets, and then the huge three. I tip my hat to him every night, the way he competes. I was actually going to make a play there on the elbow against (Nick) Collison, and then once I turned, I think Westbrook was kind of right there or right in between, so I didn't really have a good look and swung it over to Kidd, and he made a heck of a play. Westbrook closed out really hard initially and tried to take his first three away, and he (Kidd) pump-faked and stuck with it and got his balance and made a big three for us. People still think that Kidd is not a good shooter, but over the years, he proved everybody wrong.”
Talk about your 3-pointer, which cut the Thunder lead to 101-94 with 2:22 left.
Nowitzki: “Either do or die. At that point, we were down 10. So if it goes in, great, and if not, then it just wasn't our night.”