Saturday, April 14, 2012
Wild West: Mavs take control of No. 6 seed
By Jeff Caplan
We take a look at the games that impact the West playoff picture each morning for the rest of the regular season.
Mavs' spot in the standings: The No. 6 seed is the Mavs' for the taking. Both Houston and Denver lost Friday night to fall 1 1/2 games back of Dallas in the standings. Plus, the Mavs hold the tiebreaker over both clubs with six games to play.
FRIDAY'S GAMES Mavs 97, Blazers 94: Dallas led by 20 points late in the third quarter, but eight turnovers in the fourth quarter energized Portland and produced a massive run that only its own late turnovers sabotaged from being a one-possession game in the final minutes.