Posted December 24, 2012 on AP on Fox
Dirk Nowitzki wasn't expecting to play much during his season debut Sunday night against the San Antonio Spurs. Still, after missing the Dallas Mavericks' first 27 regular-season games, he didn't expect to take a seat on the bench after 20 minutes with the game completely out of hand. ''In the middle of the third we were down by 80, so I didn't really have to go back in,'' Nowitzki said, exaggerating the Mavs' largest deficit just a bit. Danny Green scored a career-high 25 points and the Spurs spoiled Nowitzki's season debut with a 129-91 rout of the Mavericks. San Antonio's largest lead was actually 46, but the deficit seemed larger to Dallas. ''We got a (butt-kicking), that's it,'' Shawn Marion said. ''No need to explain it . . . it was an old-fashioned (butt-kicking).'' The Spurs set a franchise record with 20 3-pointers, besting the record of 19 they set Dec. 8 in Charlotte. San Antonio also set a season high for largest margin of victory. Tony Parker had 18 points, Kawhi...
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