Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/24/12
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SAN ANTONO--The San Antonio Spurs used a team-record long-distance shooting performance to ruin the return of Dirk Nowitzki in a 129-91 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night at the AT&T Center. The Spurs made 20 of their 30 attempts from 3-point range. Nowitzki, who had surgery on his right knee on Oct. 19, was not expected to return until after Christmas, but announced he was playing via Twitter before the game. Dallas' all-time leading scorer and former NBA MVP energized his teammates, but his presence was not enough to pull a win from the San Antonio, their interstate rivals. He came off the bench midway through the first quarter and had his first basket on an uncontested dunk with 26 seconds. He finished with 8 points and 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. But it was San Antonio's 3-point party that dampened his return. The Spurs shot 67 percent behind the arc and nine Spurs players hit a 3-pointer. Danny Green had eight 3-point field goals and led the Spurs wit...
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