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Experience guides Mavs past Cavs

Updated: December 21, 2009, 11:33 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- For one night, the Dallas Mavericks didn't need Dirk Nowitzki.

The MVP candidate watched from the bench, his bandaged right elbow hidden underneath a sport coat, as his teammates beat an elite team.

The Mavs' 102-95 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers was an impressive display of team basketball by a bunch of seasoned veterans. Six Dallas players scored in double figures, led by fill-in starting power forward Tim Thomas' 22 points. The Mavs dished out 25 assists and committed ...

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