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Dirk Nowitzki makes chippy Blazers pay

Mavs superstar displays his brand of toughness as Dallas eliminates combative Portland

Updated: April 29, 2011, 5:29 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Don't mess with Dirk, to borrow a slogan from the adopted home state of the face of the Dallas Mavericks franchise.

The Portland Trail Blazers learned that lesson the hard way during Thursday's Game 6. The Blazers tried to ruffle the big German's feathers with physical and borderline dirty play. And it backfired big-time, as Dirk Nowitzki dominated during the Mavericks' 103-96 win to close out the first-round series at the Rose Garden.

"Dirk is tough," Mavs owner ...

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