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Tears of a crown: Dirk Nowitzki rejoices

Originally Published: June 13, 2011
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

MIAMI -- On the night he finally found vengeance, eternal validation and the highest measure of victory to wag in the face of anyone who had ever called him soft or mocked his cough, Dirk Nowitzki wasn't going to let the world see his tears.

So he left the scene of his greatest triumph before a single teammate or coach could grab him for a hug, faster than he's ever hurdled a scorer's table to bolt off the floor, determined to sneak back to the visitors' locker room.

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