ARLINGTON, Texas -- A record crowd of 108,713 at Cowboys Stadium watched the East beat the West, 141-139, in the NBA All-Star game on Sunday night.
It was a wild night.
Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki was pleased with how the fans turned out to support the all-star game. Mark Cuban said he wasn't sure if they would get a crowd this large.
But they did.
"I've never been in a gym this big," Nowitzki said. "It was amazing how many people came out to support us and see this game and be a part of history. So I'm glad I was part of this whole weekend, especially my new hometown. It was great, and just needed that win at the end kind of to top the whole thing off."
Nowitzki made two free throws with 7.7 seconds left to tie the score at 139, but Chris Bosh hit two free throws to push the East ahead.
Carmelo Anthony's airball from 27-feet ended the game. A play was designed to go to Nowitzki, but he never got a chance to attempt the last shot.
"We had a little flair screen there and I actually had Dwight Howard in the air," Nowitzki said. "So what I should have done was jump into him, got three free throws instead of two, and we would have been up one. But we came right back and Chauncey [Billups] fouled Chris [Bosh], and either way, just matchplay, play-by-play down the stretch, and unfortunately we came up a little short."