The Dallas Mavericks faced off against the Chicago Bulls last night, and apart from the fact that the game went into double overtime it was hardly a memorable occasion.
But the Bulls did perhaps leave a lasting memory for Dirk Nowitzki however, with one of the dumbest plays that the future Hall of Famer has ever seen in his 17-year career.
And the honour goes to Chicago guard Kirk Hinrich, who may just lose his reputation as one of the NBA's smarter players.
With three seconds left in the game, the Mavericks trailed the Bulls by three thanks to Pau Gasol making two free throws. Monta Ellis drove up the floor trying to make the game-tying shot. His effort was blocked by Pau Gasol which would have ended the game.
Enter Kirk Hinrich, the Bulls guard trailed Ellis and was in a completely awful position as he tried to foul Ellis but was too late as the Mavs star was already in his shooting motion. Hinrich gave up the shooting foul and Ellis hit all of his free throws to send the game into overtime.
After the Mavs scraped the OT win, Nowitzki compounded Hinrich's woes while speaking to reporters.
"In my 17 years, it was one of the dumber fouls I've ever seen."
"You wait all the way until he dribbles to the 3-point line to grab him, so that's obviously a tough one, tough play. I saw coach [Tom] Thibodeau was just shaking his head," the 36-year old German said.
At least Hinrich had the good grace to admit that he screwed up though.
"I waited too long. I messed it up," Hinrich said. "It was a bonehead play. I know better than that. This one's on me because I felt like we played a good game to that point. To get back to the point we were in a position to win. For them to tie it up on a play like that, it was a bad decision."
Dirk Nowitzki has been in the NBA for a hell of a long time, so to make one of the stupidest plays he's ever seen in 17 years takes some real doing. But this will be one highlight that Kirk Hinrich will want to be forgetting sooner rather than later.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms