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Nowitzki’s 20th season with Mavs ends early after surgery

April 5, 2018

DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki’s 20th season is over a few games early after the Dallas Mavericks star had surgery on his left ankle.

The team said Thursday that Nowitzki underwent a procedure to clear out unhealthy tissue, called surgical debridement. It was performed at a Dallas medical clinic.

The 39-year-old Nowitzki played his final game of the season at home against Portland on Tuesday. He has said he plans to return for a 21st season for the only NBA team he has ever played for.

The 2007 NBA MVP and 2011 Finals MVP when Dallas won its only title, Nowitzki averaged 12 points and 5.7 rebounds in 77 games, a record for a player’s 20th season.

After games at Detroit and Philadelphia, the lottery-bound Mavericks finish the season at home Tuesday against Phoenix.

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