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Nowitzki has 33, Mavs eliminate Blazers

By Anne M. Peterson

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, April 28 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

PORTLAND, Ore. — Dirk Nowitzki had 33 points and 11 rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks withstood a furious Portland comeback to beat the Trail Blazers 103-96 Thursday night and take the first-round playoff series in six games.

The Mavericks advanced to face the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, who beat New Orleans 98-80 Thursday night to take that first-round series.

Jason Terry finished with 22 points as the Mavericks snapped the home-court advantage that each team had held during the playoffs and the regular season.

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