Brendan Haywood returns vs. Spurs

Updated: March 18, 2011, 8:51 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks center Brendan Haywood returned to the lineup Friday night against the San Antonio Spurs.

Haywood had missed the past two games with lower-back stiffness.

The last time Haywood played, he scored four points in 13 minutes in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on March 12.

This was just the second time Haywood played against the Spurs this season -- he had six points and four rebounds in a loss to San Antonio on Jan. 14. He was suspended for the first game in November and didn't play in the late December contest.

Also, forward Peja Stojakovic, who hasn't played since March 7 because of a stiff neck, missed his sixth consecutive game.

Calvin Watkins covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com.

Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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