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Nowitzki has first practice since surgery

DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki has gone through his first full practice with the Dallas Mavericks since undergoing knee surgery that forced the 11-time All-Star to miss every game so far this season.

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Following the practice Wednesday, Nowitzki gave no real timetable on when he might make his season debut, except to say ``maybe any time after Christmas.''

Nowitizki had arthroscopic surgery on his ailing right knee Oct. 19. It was the first knee surgery for the 7-foot forward in his 15th NBA season.

Nowitzki said he'll see how his knee reacts after the first day of stopping, pushing off and moving. He said he plans to have a couple of similar practice and will absorb some contact as well before trying to play in a game.

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