DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki got back in the playoff race with the Dallas Mavericks tonight.
He started a pivotal game against Golden State after missing the
previous four with a high left ankle sprain.
Nowitzki, who sprained his ankle and his knee 10 days earlier,
moved gingerly when he took shots during warmups just before the
game. There were chants of "Dirk! Dirk! Dirk!" just before
pregame introductions, then a deafening roar when he was the last
Warriors coach Don Nelson, the former Mavericks coach, embraced
Nowitzki and tapped him on the head in front of the scorer's table
Dallas is definitely without Jerry Stackhouse, who has a groin
injury. Stackhouse missed his third straight game.