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Dirk Nowitzki Interrupts Super Bowl Week to Remind Us That He's a Legit MVP Candidate

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I know it's all about Super Bowl XLV around here this week. I can tell by the way my eyes are drooping and feet are dragging.

But while we were partying and footballing last night, the Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki did it again. He reminded us how damn good he is. In Dallas' 113-97 win over the Knicks in New York, he looked as healthy as he has in a month, driving and spinning and scoring at will.

If he's not on the NBA's Western Conference All-Star team reserves announced tonight, it'll be a crime. With Nowitzki the Mavs are 31-8; without him 2-7.

Oh yeah, Nowitzki did something else last night. Climbed the charts ...

After passing Larry Bird and Gary Payton in December, next up is Clyde Drexler as Nowitzki last night became just the 24th NBA player to score 22,000 points.

Among players born outside the U.S. there is Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria), Dominique Wilkins (France), Patrick Ewing (Jamaica) and Nowitzki (Germany).

We now return you to your regularly scheduled football.

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