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Mavs must change late-game fortunes

Dallas will have to close out games vs. Thunder to have a shot at advancing

Updated: April 28, 2012, 1:29 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- The second his 3-pointer from the top of the arc dropped in with 1.4 seconds left, Vince Carter, despite his new Dallas Mavericks teammates mobbing him on the Thunder's home court, thought the game was only tied.

He didn't realize it put the Mavs up one as Oklahoma City quickly called timeout to set up a last-ditch attempt that would have to be executed with precision to work.

Of course, they, or rather he -- as in Kevin Durant -- drilled the game-winning 3-pointer well ...

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