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Dirk returns after thumb injury

Updated: February 4, 2010, 1:57 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki had his thumb wrapped after being kicked in the right hand late in the third period of the Mavericks' 110-101 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.

Nowitzki was kicked when he was fouled with 3:10 left in the third quarter. He left the game 17 seconds later and the training staff wrapped his thumb on the bench.

Nowitzki returned with 8:01 remaining in the game and was fouled hard driving to the basket seconds later.

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