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Nowitzki starts 2nd half in locker room

The second half is nearly set to begin as both teams have finished up their warm-up shooting. Dirk Nowitzki remains back in the locker room where he's received stitches after suffering a laceration when his elbow smashed into the mouth of Rockets forward Carl Landry, who lost three teeth and is done for the night.

Josh Howard is starting the third quarter in place of Nowitzki. So your starting five are: Jason Kidd, J.J. Barea, Josh Howard, Shawn Marion and Erick Dampier.

There's been no more word out of the Mavs locker room on Nowitzki's condition other than that his return is questionable.