Nowitzki stars in Mavericks exhibition win
BERLIN - German basketball star Dirk Nowitzki scored a low-key eight points to help 2011 NBA champions the Dallas Mavericks enjoy a 89-84 win over Berlin Alba in an exhibition game on Saturday.
The 34-year-old spent just over half an hour on court in front of 14,000 spectators at Berlin's sold-out 02 World while centre Chris Kaman and point guard Darren Collison were top-scorers for the Mavericks with 14 points each.
Power forward Shawn Marion posted 11 rebounds.
"It wasn't a great game from us," said Nowitzki, who got a warm reception from the Berlin crowd whenever the ball came his way.
"The combinations don't yet work. We made a few simple mistakes, but it was a fun game. The atmosphere was good."
The hosts out-scored their high-profile guests in both the first and third quarters with Alba's new forward Deon Thompson claiming 20 points for the Euroleague side.
To make matters worse for Dallas, guard Rodrigue Beaubois picked up a knee injury in the third quarter.
With eight new players on their roster, the Mavericks struggled after the break and never got more than a few points ahead of the German team only making sure of victory late in the game.
With 11.9 seconds left, Nowitzki produced two free throws to put his team 88-84 ahead to make sure of victory.
This was the Mavericks first warm-up game before the new NBA season starts on October 30 against the LA Lakers and Dallas next play FC Barcelona on Tuesday in their final European game before heading back to the United States.
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