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Postseason ghosts start to haunt Mavs

In heated affair, Lakers, 'soft' tag bully visitors in familiar high-stakes disappointment

Updated: April 1, 2011, 9:27 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

LOS ANGELES -- There was a playoff feel in the air at Staples Center on Thursday night. It certainly had all the markings of a Dallas Mavericks postseason performance: a stagnant offense that relies on Dirk Nowitzki to do the bulk of the work, a loss of composure after being bullied and yet another disappointing loss in a heated high-stakes contest.

Jason Terry, whose postseason performances have been a big part of the problem in recent years, vowed Wednesday that these Mavericks would prove ...

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