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Division title a sight for Mavs' sore eyes

Dallas refuses to let Portland beat it with ugly stick, builds momentum as playoffs near

Updated: April 10, 2010, 11:37 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

PORTLAND, Ore. -- This was a game only the winning coach could love.

The rims and refs took a beating in Friday night's potential playoff preview between the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers. Both teams shot in the mid-30s. The officiating was even worse than the shooting, riling up the sellout crowd at the Rose Garden despite blown calls going both ways throughout.

But Rick Carlisle considered the Mavs' 83-77 win, which clinched the Southwest Division title, a thing of ...

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