DALLAS — If they give us an encore of their Game 1 showcase, maybe Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Durant will score a combined 120 points in a thrilling Game 2 of the Western Conference finals here tonight at American Airlines Center.
You saw the combined 88 points the put up in Game 1 (video above). Dirk’s brilliant 48 on 15 shots and Durant’s piling up the most under-appreciated 40-point game in recent playoff memory.
What makes Part II of this showcase even better is the glowing mutual respect these two superstars have for each other.
Dirk on Durant:
“I’m his biggest fan just because he’s a quiet guy,” Nowitzki said. “He’s fun to watch. He can get his shot up at any time. He’s athletic. He can get to his spots whenever he wants. He’s probably one of the toughest covers in this league. The future of this league is in his hands.”
And Durant on Dirk:
“He approaches his game as all about business, all about trying to win, all about playing well,” Durant said. “That’s what I try to do. I’m not worried about what the people in the stands think about my game. I just want to play well for my team and for myself and just try to get better. That’s what type of player Dirk is. He’s never the type of guy that’s flashy with it. He just goes out there and plays, gets it done. That’s the type of player I try to be.”
Bring on Game 2! (Tonight on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET)