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Friday, April 13, 2012
Wild West: Mavs sit sixth with busy night ahead

We take a look at the games that impact the West playoff picture each morning for the rest of the regular season.

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle talks about Brandon Wright's strong play, whether the team is scoreboard watching and more.

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Mavs' spot in the standings: No. 6 is in their sole possession after Thursday's win at Golden State. They head to Portland on Friday with a one-half game lead on the Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets and are two games ahead of the ninth-seeded Utah Jazz. The Mavs (33-26) are 1 1/2 games behind the fifth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies.

Mavs 112, Warriors 103: Dallas built a 19-point lead in the first half, cruised until the Warriors cut it to three early in the fourth quarter, but a couple of buckets by Dirk Nowitzki quickly got the momentum back.

Clippers 95, Timberwolves 82: L.A. has now won eight of its last 10 and moved one game above .500 on the road at 15-14 behind Blake Griffin's 19 points and 13 rebounds.

Spurs 107, Grizzlies 97: San Antonio bounced back from an embarrassing home loss Wednesday to the Kobe-less Lakers. Tim Duncan dominated with an old-school performance of 28 points and 12 rebounds as Memphis had its four-game win streak snapped.

Mavs at Trail Blazers
Nuggets at Lakers
Kings at Thunder
Suns at Rockets
Jazz at Hornets

If the playoffs started today: Mavs vs. Lakers