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NBA: No Nowitzki, no good
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The unexpected return of Dirk Nowitzki helped the stumbling Dallas Mavericks find their swagger.

The 111-89 blowout of Golden State on Wednesday night was a stunning reversal for a squad that had gone 0-10 against winning teams since acquiring Jason Kidd and slid down the playoff standings in March. It was Dallas' first losing month since 2000, when the Mavericks last missed the postseason.

Nowitzki didn't practice Thursday after his early return from a high ankle sprain, but coach Avery Johnson said he looked ''pretty good.''

Around the NBA

Heat: Forward Shawn Marion will miss the final seven games of the season because of a left foot injury.

Nuggets: Forward Kenyon Martin was suspended for one game without pay Thursday for exceeding the flagrant foul points total with five.

SuperSonics: Seattle signed Ronald Dupree to a 10-day contract after the team decided not to re-sign former Weber State guard Eddie Gill.

Cavaliers: Cleveland signed ex-Utah and Weber State center Lance Allred for the remainder of this season and through the 2008-09 season, Allred told The Salt Lake Tribune.

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