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Pivotal Game 5 to test Mavs' moxie

Another promising season will be on the brink if Dallas can't bounce back in Game 5

Updated: April 25, 2011, 1:02 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

PORTLAND, Ore. -- If the Dallas Mavericks tried to create the most adverse conditions to unleash an alleged steeliness that has failed them in playoff busts past, consider it mission accomplished.

Of course, that wasn't the goal. Dallas couldn't finish off a 23-point lead in the final 13 minutes of Game 4 -- and a 10-point margin in the last 3:33. Instead of preparing for a home closeout game Monday night in front of 20,000 unfulfilled fans, the Mavs will battle for series survival against ...

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