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Nowitzki returns to hit 3, Mavs top Wiz 105-102

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki limped off to the locker room after a fourth-quarter fall, then returned to make a key 3-pointer, and Monta Ellis scored 24 of his 34 points in the first half Wednesday night, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 105-102 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Nowitzki went down in the key with about eight minutes left with what appeared to be a lower left leg problem. But he came back in with 3 1/2 minutes to go and Dallas trailing by a point. With 80 seconds left, Nowitzki sank a 3 to put the Mavs ahead 102-97, and then held out three fingers on one hand and slammed it against his other palm.

Washington lost at home for the first time this season.

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