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Dirk almost perfect but not good enough

Mavs come up short when Nowitzki misses shot at end of brilliant fourth quarter

Updated: June 6, 2011, 8:30 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- The burden being carried by Dirk Nowitzki couldn't be much bigger. He must be practically flawless down the stretch for the Dallas Mavericks to win in these NBA Finals.

Nowitzki accomplished that amazing feat in Game 2, when he capped the Mavs' stunning comeback by scoring their final nine points to even the series. He was phenomenal again in the fourth quarter of Game 3, but the Mavs trail in the series again because the best player in franchise history -- and these playoffs ...

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    Dirk Nowitzki must be better than he was in Game 1 for the Mavs to have a shot at upsetting the Spurs.

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