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Nowitzki spoils Yao's return, leads Germany past China

Updated: August 11, 2006, 7:55 PM ET
Associated Press

NANJING, China -- Yao Ming returned after a four-month layoff from a foot injury, revitalizing China in an 82-73 loss to Dirk Nowitzki and Germany on Friday in a warmup game leading to the world championships.

Yao scored 11 points but was no match for Nowitzki, who gave the Houston Rockets center a playful slap on the chest at the start. Nowitzki finished with 27 points, including 18 in the final quarter, and 12 rebounds. The German star of the Dallas Mavericks scored nearly at ...

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