Nowitzki returns, Mavs roll Warriors

DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki unexpectedly returned to the starting lineup and scored 18 points after missing four games with a high ankle sprain, and the Dallas Mavericks finally beat a winning team since acquiring Jason Kidd.

Jason Terry equaled his season high with 31 points and Josh Howard added 28 for the Mavericks, whose 111-86 victory over Golden State on Wednesday night could be huge in the tight race for the Western Conference playoffs.

Kidd matched a season-high 17 assists and had 11 rebounds and five points.