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Dirk returns to Mavs starting lineup against Warriors

Updated: April 3, 2008, 12:22 AM ET
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DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks planned to be without injured Dirk Nowitzki for Wednesday night's pivotal game against Golden State, but he made a surprising return to the starting lineup.

The Mavs weren't counting on Nowitzki returning to the team even after the reigning MVP went through the morning shootaround.

But he did return and the Mavs benefited. He hit only 6-of-15 shots and had 18 points in 27 minutes, but Dallas routed Golden State 111-86.

Nowitzki wanted to get back ...

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