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Mavs grinding to regain their swagger

Team fighting to get over the hump after rough stretch of games, luck

Updated: January 23, 2011, 2:15 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

NEWARK, N.J. -- The body bumps and bear hugs were pure emotion, adulation and relief, a spontaneous and genuine reaction to Saturday's 87-86 squeaker against the woeful New Jersey Nets.

Perhaps a month ago, such a precarious victory over an inferior opponent might have elicited a head shake and a sense of dissatisfaction in the locker room.

These days nothing comes easy for the Dallas Mavericks, who are trying to rediscover their identity and rebuild their confidence after injuries ...

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