Landry, Nowitzki injured in collision

December 19, 2009

The Rockets' Carl Landry was taken to a hospital after breaking teeth in a collision with the Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki during the second quarter of Friday night's game.

Nowitzki drove into the lane and missed a short jumper with 9 minutes, 28 seconds left in the second quarter. He was fouled by Landry, who was hit in the mouth on Nowitzki's follow-through. Before leaving for X-rays and three stitches to close a cut on his right elbow, Nowitzki, a right-hander, shot two free throws left-handed, converting one.

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AP

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