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Mavs Need To Beat Best Of West In Playoff Pursuit

Dallas hasn’t beaten any of its likely first-round opponents in more than two months — and that’s assuming the Mavericks get in after a 12-year streak of reaching the playoffs ended last season.

03/04/2014

Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks shoots the winning shot over Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks during their NBA game February 24, 2014 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Mavericks won, 110-108.  (Photo: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Mavs Top Knicks On Dirk’s ‘Ugly’ Game-Winner

The Mavericks blew an eight-point lead in the final 90 seconds, then pulled out their third straight victory when Nowitzki’s jumper that seemed to have missed instead fell through.

02/25/2014

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Mavs Back From Break With Eye On Playoffs

Five things to consider as Dallas leads a four-team race for the final three playoff spots in the Western Conference, with the Mavericks (32-22) at 10 games over .500 for the first time since their title season.

02/17/2014

Jose Calderon of the Mavericks shoots against the Celtics on February 9, 2014 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

Mavs Win Fifth Straight, 102-91 At Boston

The Dallas Mavericks go five straight and work their way back into playoff contention with a 102-91 win Sunday in Boston.

02/10/2014

Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks shoots against the Utah Jazz on February 7, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

Mavs Dominating Win Clouded By Ellis Injury

There was plenty to celebrate following a dominating win, but an injury to Monta Ellis put a damper on an otherwise flawless evening for the Mavs.

02/07/2014

Dirk Nowitzki controls the ball against Chandler Parsons #25 and the Houston Rockets on January 29, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

Mavs Fall 117-115 To Rockets Despite Dirk’s 38

On a night when Houston was without leading scorer James Harden, Dirk Nowitzki scored 38 points and grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds. Unfortunately for Dallas, it didn’t matter.

01/29/2014

DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors going up for a dunk during a game against the Dallas Mavericks on January 22, 2014 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)

Raptors Overcome 21-Point Deficit, Top Mavs 93-85

With Dirk Nowitzki watching from the bench in street clothes, the Dallas Mavericks blew another big lead against the Toronto Raptors.

01/23/2014

Jose Calderon #8 of the Dallas Mavericks looks to shoot the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers at The Quicken Loans Arena on January 20, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

Mavs Victory Over Cavs Was A Game Of Attrition

It was, a ‘game of attrition’ and a game of anxiety Monday afternoon in Cleveland, where the Mavs survived the injury loss of two starters and the shrinkage of a 24-point first-half bulge to record a 102-97 victory over the Cavs.

01/20/2014

Devin Harris of the Dallas Mavericks (credit: Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Devin Harris Close, But Not Quite Ready For Mavs Return

Harris went through his first full practice in more than month Tuesday, the latest step in his long recovery from offseason toe surgery on his left foot.

01/14/2014

Head coach Rick Carlisle of the Dallas Mavericks   (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Spurs Show Mavs What An 8-Seed Looks Like

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle’s review of the 112-90 rout Wednesday at the hands of the Spurs: ‘San Antonio makes you pay. The third quarter was a demolition. We got out-competed.’

01/09/2014

Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

Mavs Win Over Lakers But Lose Marion

Shawn Marion entered Tuesday’s game against the Lakers with a bum ankle and exited it with a shoulder contusion, a story line almost important as the Dallas Mavericks’ 110-97 home victory itself.

01/07/2014

Iman Shumpert #21 of the New York Knicks drives against Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks on January 5, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Danny Bollinger/NBAE via Getty Images)

Carlisle Takes Blame For Sleepy Mavs’ Skid

On Friday, Dirk Nowitzki said that his Mavericks – playing as they were — didn’t look like a playoff team. On Sunday, a lethargic 92-80 home loss to the crummy Knicks seemed a self-fulfilling prophecy.

01/06/2014

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