Dirk stays home to rest

December, 19, 2009
12/19/09
2:33
PM CT
Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki did not practice Saturday, instead staying home to rest after a hard collision with Houston Rockets forward Carl Landry Friday night gashed open Nowitzki's right elbow, requiring three stitches. Nowitzki's elbow crashed into Landry's mouth.

Nowitzki left the game at the 9:28 mark of the second quarter and did not return. Reports from the locker room were that pieces of Landry's teeth -- he broke five and had to go to the hospital -- were lodged underneath Nowitzki's skin.

The Mavs' leading scorer remains questionable for Sunday's 6:30 p.m. game against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Dallas is looking to avoid consecutive losses and a fifth home loss. They lost nine all last season.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsS. Dalembert 6.8
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.2