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Nowitzki hits while teammates miss

Mavericks star reaches 20,000 points, but night sours when he calls on others in clutch

Updated: January 14, 2010, 4:12 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki was in no mood to bask in his individual glory the night he hit the 20,000-point milestone.

His emotions were dominated by disappointment.

A historic accomplishment was ruined by another home loss. This one served as a sobering reminder that the Dallas Mavericks' only route to being a legitimate contender is to ride the big German's back.

"I'm not going to sit here and whine about it," Nowitzki said after scoring 30 points and snatching a season-high 16 ...

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