Regarding the challenge of playing Denver at home . . .
“This is always a tough place to play. Denver is very talented, tough and physical . . . We’ve played pretty well, but we haven’t played a team of
this caliber yet.” -Coach Rick Carlisle
“It was definitely a grind-it-out kind of game." -Dirk Nowitzki
About the game winning shot that wasn't, as Carmelo Anthony missed his final jumper . . .
“When you guard Carmelo, you have to make him take tough shots. And I knew they were going to call on me once it got down to the last possession.”
"It comes down to one possession either way. You walk out of here feeling great or terrible." -Coach Rick Carlisle
"I think I hit that shot nine out of 10 times. It's a heartbreaker." -Carmelo Anthony
“We got a little lucky, but we got the stop.” -Dirk Nowitzki
Um, yeah, about Dirk -- 35 points and 12 boards, aggressive and versitile on offense, has a way with words . . .
“I had a decent first half." -Dirk Nowitzki