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Mavs beat Spurs in final

2010-04-16 09:52 BJT

The Dallas Mavericks took on San Antonio Spurs, who gave stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili the night off. The Mavericks' key players did play as they attempted to clinch the second seed in the West.

Dallas Mavericks' Caron Butler (4) dunks the ball over San Antonio Spurs' DeJuan Blair (45) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 14, 2010, in Dallas. Butler had a team-high 20 points in the 96-89 Mavericks' win.(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Dallas Mavericks' Caron Butler (4) 
dunks the ball over San Antonio Spurs' 
DeJuan Blair (45) in the second half of 
an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April
 14, 2010, in Dallas. Butler had a 
team-high 20 points in the 96-89 
Mavericks' win.(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Jason Kidd, giving the Mavs a 14 point lead as he makes the three. Kidd had 18.

Late third, the Mavericks with a 10-point advantage. Spurs' rookie DeJuan Blair cuts into the lead, getting the hoop and the harm to cut the gap to 7. Blair, finishing with 27 points and a career-high 23 rebounds.

But Dallas would not be denied, they finish the regular season with a 96-89 victory and the number two seed.