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Mavericks flirt with rock bottom

Even Nowitzki's return fraught with misfortune as losing streak hits five in Memphis

Updated: January 16, 2011, 1:55 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Dirk Nowitzki returned to the lineup for the first time in nearly three weeks, but he didn't last long enough to help the Dallas Mavericks reverse a skid that hit both five games and, according to Nowitzki, the basement.

"It's gone downhill since we had two injuries, so we pretty much hit rock bottom," Nowitzki said after logging just 15 minutes and seven points before getting ejected for arguing a call in his first game since Dec. 27. "I mean, we can't get any lower so ...

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