CHARLOTTE, N. C. -- Dirk Nowitzki knew he was going to come out for the second half Tuesday and try and help the Dallas Mavericks overcome the Charlotte Bobcats.
Nowitzki sprained his left ankle less than two minutes into the second quarter and did not return until at the start of the third quarter. But he tallied 14 of his 16 points in the second half, although it wasn't nearly enough to prevent the Bobcats from beating up the Mavs 114-89.
"It was a (14) point game at the half and that's nothing for our team,'' said Nowitzki, who plans to play at Indiana on Wednesday. "So I knew I was going to go out there early and get some shots up, and if it loosens at all that I was going to give it a go.
"But it actually got better as the half progressed. Obviously the meds started working and I felt decent and moved like nothing was wrong, but we just couldn't get any stops.'
It was the first time Nowitzki has ever lost to the Bobcats. He entered Tuesday's game 16-0 all-time against the Bobcats.
-- Dwain Price
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