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Dirk Nowitzki sprains ankle

11/10/2010 - NBA Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks + more

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Dirk Nowitzki returned to the Mavericks' game against Memphis after leaving with a sprained ankle in the second quarter.

Nowitzki's ankle was retaped at halftime and he returned to start the second half Wednesday night.

The 7-foot forward went down under the Memphis basket with about 3:46 left before halftime. He stayed down as the play went to the other end. The Dallas training staff attended to Nowitzki on the court and he was taken to the locker room.

Nowitzki leads the Mavericks in scoring at 25.7 points a game, ranking him fifth in the league.

He finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds in Dallas' 106-91 victory.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.