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Shawn Marion gives Mavericks spark

11/19/2010

DALLAS -- Shawn Marion's slashing ability breathed life back into the Mavs' offense.

Marion had eight points in the first six minutes of the second quarter. All of his buckets came on dunks or layups, a stark contrast to all the jumpers clanking off the rim.

A Marion putback slam sparked an 8-1 run that trimmed the Bulls' lead from double-digits to four points midway through the quarter.

The Mavs might cruise if the other bench scorer they count on finds his rhythm. Jason Terry misfired on his first five shots.