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Mavs ugly, but effective in Game 1

Mavericks' defense came to the rescue when offense sputtered against Blazers

Updated: April 17, 2011, 7:41 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Ugly is in the eye of the beholder.

The Dallas Mavericks' Game 1 win over the Portland Trail Blazers certainly wasn't aesthetically pleasing. The Mavs pulled out an 89-81 victory despite shooting 40.9 percent from the floor and failing to make a field goal for a span of more than 11 minutes.

But the Mavs don't mind ugly. As a team with a pretty boy reputation, the Mavs were proud to prove they could win games when their offense spits and sputters like an old pickup truck. ...

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