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.
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.
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Curry scored 22 points to go with six rebounds and four assists on a bum ankle, rallying the Golden State Warriors past the San Antonio Spurs 97-87 in overtime Sunday to even the Western Conference semifinal at two games apiece.
Jeff Carter deflected the winning goal off of his upper body with 51 seconds left in overtime, and the Kings landed a 4-3 victory over the Stars on Sunday night.
Cody Eakin, Jamie Benn and Ray Whitney scored goals in the third period to break open a tie game and help the Stars cruise to a 5-1 victory over the Canucks on Thursday night.
With six games left, the Stars on Wednesday were 10th in the Western Conference. But they were only two points out of the eighth and final playoff spot.
Mike Fisher says the Mavs find themselves in an embarrassing position as they lose to the Suns and then are eliminated from the playoffs for the first time in 12 years.
Ray Whitney and Vernon Fiddler both scored twice during a four-goal third period, and the Stars broke open a tie game to rout the Kings 5-1 on Tuesday night.
The Mavs failed in both long-term and short-term goals as they started Wednesday three games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The NHL moved a step closer to realignment Thursday as the players’ association approved a proposed plan that is set to go into effect next season.
The Mavs started the night 4.5 games behind the Houston Rockets for the eighth seed in the Western Conference, a precarious position that could have turned a loss to the Magic into a potential season-ender.