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Mavericks suffer Finals flashback

Team can't afford to blow late leads if it wants to win a title -- a lesson it learned in '06

Updated: February 11, 2011, 9:40 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DENVER -- It was a Finals flashback, except the whistles couldn't be blamed.

The Dallas Mavericks allowed a 13-point lead to disappear in the fourth quarter. That made the 121-120 loss to the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center especially painful to swallow in the wee hours of Friday morning.

Never mind the Mavs' 10-game winning streak that went poof in the Mile High air. The players in the visiting locker room were perturbed that their tendency to blow big leads bit them.

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