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Thomas, Gooden taking advantage of opportunity

12/20/2009

DALLAS -- With Dirk Nowitzki sitting on the bench in a suit and Erick Dampier in foul trouble, the Mavs must rely on Tim Thomas and Drew Gooden.

Thomas and Gooden responded to the challenge in the first quarter, accounting for more than half of the Mavs' points. Thomas has a team-high seven points on 2-of-4 shooting. Gooden added six points (2-4 FG) in six minutes off the bench.

Now, if the Mavs could just find a way to contain LeBron James, who has nine points.

Cavs 26, Mavs 25 after a quarter.