Nowitzki relishes role in crunch time

Updated: December 17, 2009, 10:03 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- The German kid who used to stand in the corner with the game on the line has grown up.

Dirk Nowitzki has developed into one of the NBA's most dominant clutch players. That's not an opinion. It's fact, and it's backed by a bunch of statistics:

According to Elias Stats Bureau, Nowitzki has knocked down an NBA-best eight game-winning shots -- three this season -- in the final two seconds since 2005-06. Dwyane Wade ranks second with five.

Nowitzki has hit 10 ...

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