Despite everyone thinking they were done, despite all the odds, despite history being against them, Barcelona found a way. Even coming into this Champions League Round of 16 match four goals down on aggregate to Paris Saint-Germain, even after giving up an away goal, Barcelona found a way. After three goals in the first hour of the match, Barcelona scored three more times in the last seven minutes of the match, including twice in stoppage time, to mount a history-making comeback to beat PSG 6-1 on the day at 6-5 on aggregate, absolutely stunning the world in the process.
Jackson won 11 NBA championships integrating the offense as head coach of the Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls and Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers. But he has been unsuccessful in his three seasons teaching the offense as Knicks president, notably resulting to a franchise-worst 17-65 record two years ago.
Last season, Jackson held “triangle seminars,” according to the New York Daily News’ Frank Isola, where he and assistant coach Kurt Rambis attempted to teach players the offense through watching film. That team finished with a 32-50 record amid reluctance to run the system.
Carmelo Anthony has grown ill talking about the Triangle. Derrick Rose has been openly frustrated with learning the offense, calling it “random basketball,” but he conceded that he had to come to grips with the Triangle if he wanted to remain in New York beyond this season.
Nowitzki had only scored 20 points in five games this season, but he nearly reaches that in the first quarter alone. Dallas keeps running plays for him, and those shots are barely touching the rim. Once, in a rare miss, he rushes a jumper and airballs it. Given how patient Nowitzki is in any other moment, it shows how much he’s gunning for this record, and how he’s getting it tonight.