Dirk could play against Heat

Dallas star goes through full practice

Published On: Dec 19 2012 03:13:32 PM EST

The Dallas Mavericks could have their star return just in time to face the Heat.

According to several reports, Dirk Nowitzki went through full-contact practice on Wednesday.

The star has been out all year after undergoing knee surgery.

The Heat play at the Mavericks on Thursday night.

Dallas has struggled without Nowitzki,

They have a 12-13 record.