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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki: "I want to get back on the court as soon as possible. ... I'm all in. I want to play." No timetable for his return from a strained right Achilles' tendon.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs 107, Bulls 82 (final). Dallas (4-15) no longer has the league's worst record. Wesley Matthews (26 points) and Dwight Powell (17) had season-best scoring nights for Dallas, which got 14 assists from Deron Williams. Rajon Rondo: 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 turnovers.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwight Powell, who is what Mavs have to show for the trade with Boston two years ago, has a season-high 15 points vs Rajon Rondo's Bulls.

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Powell attacking the rim with two third-quarter slams (0:28)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs have been up as much as 18 over the Bulls. Their biggest lead of the season before tonight was 12 over the Lakers.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rajon Rondo isn't the only Mavs fan favorite visiting Dallas tonight. Ex-ref Bennett Salvatore is also in the house. He shared an awkward laugh with Mark Cuban at halftime.

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Powell flies in for the monster putback jam (0:21)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs 57, Bulls 45 at half. Rajon Rondo (2 points, 0 rebounds, 1 assist) is making the kind of impact he often did during his Dallas stint.

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Bogut throws down the alley-oop from Harris (0:19)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs 29, Bulls 18 after a quarter. Andrew Bogut (6 points, 8 rebounds) certainly isn't doing anything to hurt his potential trade value.

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WVU holds on to top Baylor (1:43)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mark Cuban on potential use of marijuana by NBA players for medicinal purposes: "For every performance-enhancing drug, there is the ability to get an exception. And if there is medicinal value to it, you get an exception. Period, end of story. So I don't think it's any big conversation or discussion, because if it was for a medical reason … There's guys across professional sports that take testosterone, because medically, they need to do it. Why would this be any different? "You just tell the league. One way to get in trouble is to not allow somebody to do what it is that they need to do to get healthy or do their job. So I've got no problem with that."

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Baylor's offense hums vs. No. 7 Xavier

The No. 9 Bears combined to sink 47.5 percent of their field goals Saturday against No. 7 Xavier and won 76-61 to remain undefeated. Baylor is 4-0 this season against ranked opponents.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Bogut believes the NBA should allow marijuana use for medicinal purposes but continue to ban recreational use. "I've never tried it. I don't know how much it helps, but from what I heard from guys who are retired and have chronic injuries, they say it helps a lot," Bogut said. "Like I said, you are bringing a big can of worms if you allow it [without restrictions]. If you have open season, you're going to have guys, I guarantee you're going to have people playing in a game or practicing high. It's just the reality of it. You have guys in pro sports playing hungover. You have guys come to practice drunk sometimes. That's how it is. If you all of the sudden can smoke, although there are a lot of positives to it, the downside is you could possibly have a lot of guys that are not 100 percent in the present. I think that's why the league is saying what it's saying. "But as far as it being legal in society, it should be fine to be legal. It's a plant, it's an herb, it's a weed. … People that I've known that smoke, friends of mine, they're the most chill kind of people ever. They don't want to cause problems or fight. They usually just want to get a bag of Cheetos and sit there and watch TV or whatever. I think the effects of alcohol are far worse than weed can ever be."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Bogut: "I've never really gotten high in my life. I thought I had some weed as a kid, but I think the guy sold me regular grass."

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor started the year 6-0 and was ranked No. 17 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings. The Bears went 0-6 the rest of the way. They still intend to accept a bowl bid Sunday despite that brutal finish.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mark Cuban, asked about Steve Kerr's comments about marijuana, notes that players can apply for a medicinal exception for banned substances.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bizarre ending to Baylor-West Virginia. The Bears were driving to tie or win the game, but QB Zach Smith was stripped and OL Ishmael Wilson tossed the ball forward, which WVU recovered. Officials determine Wilson never had possession of the ball and give it to WVU for the 24-21 win.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle raved about Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg's "likeability." How would the Mavs coach grade himself in that department? "How about an easier question?" Carlisle replied with a wry grin.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

No. 16 West Virginia was suddenly in some trouble for a moment. Baylor got a 43-yard TD from Ishmael Zamora to make it 24-21 and recovered the onside kick with 2:39 to go. But officials flagged an illegal block and West Virginia recovers the re-kick. Strange sequence.

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Hobbling Smith throws a strike for Baylor TD (0:24)