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Dirk Nowitzki pours in 48 points, Record 24-for-24 from the Free-Throw Line *HD*

Serge Ibaka stood right up to Dirk Nowitzki, stretching his seven-foot-four wingspan to make the view of the basket as tough as possible. And it hardly mattered. Wherever he went, whoever he was up against, Nowitzki either nailed a shot or made his way to the foul line. He hit 10 of his first 11 shots from the field and an NBA playoff-record 24 straight free throws on the way to 48 points, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 121-112 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night. “I thought Dirk was pretty good tonight,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said, laughing. “I thought we defended him as close as we can — obviously, too close.”
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