Mavericks teammate Monta Ellis, who scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half to help squelch a Memphis rally, said Nowitzki didn’t look as if he hadn’t played a game in a week.
“Even when he came back to practice, he didn’t look like that. He’s been in the league so long that he knows how to take care of his body,” Ellis said.
Jose Calderon, in his first season with Dallas, scored 12 points, including two 3-pointer in the second quarter. He said he was “amazed” by Nowitzki.