Dirk Nowitzki takes blame for Tracy McGrady's dunk on Shawn Bradley

Remember Tracy McGrady's awesome dunk on Shawn Bradley in Game 2 of the 2005 playoff series between the Rockets and Mavericks? Of course you do, but let's watch it again because thunderous throwdowns are fun.

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Ouch. Bradley probably should have jumped out of the frame there. More than a decade later, though, another Mavs player is taking the blame for this classic slam.

On the "Winging It" podcast, Dallas legend Dirk Nowitzki explained why his defensive mistake allowed McGrady to reach a perfect launch point.

"Unfortunately, it was my fault that T-Mac got him pretty good, that baseline [dunk] that one year," Nowitzki said. "We were in a zone, right, so I'm on T-Mac, and I'm supposed to not let him go baseline. I'm supposed to force him middle. And T-Mac went, ripped baseline, and next thing you know he was at the rim and Shawn was a little late.

"That play, I owe him for that one because you see it for a long, long time, all the time. If you're a shot blocker, it's gonna happen. ... Yeah, that was a tough one."

The Rockets went on to win Game 2 behind a huge performanc

e from McGrady (28 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds, three steals, three blocks and the game-winning shot), but the Mavericks took the series in seven games with Nowitzki averaging 21.3 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. So ... at least Bradley advanced?

Yeah, that's still a brutal highlight. Sorry, Shawn. It's all Dirk's fault.