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After eliminating the Mavericks in five games, the Nuggets are looking like the West's best.

Updated: May 15, 2009, 4:26 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com
The relatively restrained heckling and hostility scarcely made a difference in this decisive Game 5, because the Mavericks were also greeted by the increasingly relentless Western Conference wild cards who, in the words of Dirk Nowitzki, are simply "a beast" in this building. The Mavs would tell you that the Denver Nuggets are plenty hostile just with their speed, offensive variety, balance, athleticism and length, even on a night when Denver's fans felt they had to stifle the obligatory "Beat L.A" chants until the final minute.

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