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Dirk Nowitzki makes first start

Updated: January 5, 2013, 11:22 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Mavericks star forward Dirk Nowitzki made his first start of the season Saturday night in a 99-96 OT loss to New Orleans Hornets.

Nowitzki finished a team-high 20 points in 34 minutes, his most extensive action this season. He missed a free throw with 18 seconds left in regulation that would have put the Mavericks ahead by a point.

There was a huge ovation when the 11-time All-Star was introduced in front of the home crowd.

After missing 27 ...

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