Bearded Nowitzki can't extend Mavs' playoff streak
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By SCHUYLER DIXON
AP Sports Writer
DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki was a baby-faced kid barely old enough to drink the last time the Dallas Mavericks missed the playoffs.
Now he's a bearded veteran who can't shave because he and others vowed not to until the team got back to .500.
Dallas still has a shot at a break-even record, but will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2000.
An unexpected loss to lowly Phoenix, which snapped ...
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