Dirk Nowitzki called this shot “lucky” according to the Star-Telegram.
“So there at the end, Jet [Jason Terry] set a good screen, and I was able to get a little separation and at least get a catch. I was able to get to the rim, and I didn’t even see the ball go in, to be honest. I saw the contact and threw it up there, and I was real lucky the ball went in.”
If that’s true Nowitzki has been lucky a lot in his career. No, that is the skill that Nowitzki brings and few others who have ever played the game can match. Kevin Garnett played him well, but Nowitzki made the play and the Mavericks beat the Celtics.