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Friday, April 22, 2011
Projectile struck Mark Cuban in face

By Tim MacMahon
ESPNDallas.com

PORTLAND, Ore. -- An object thrown from the Rose Garden stands hit Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in the face during Thursday night's Game 3 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

The incident occurred midway through the fourth quarter after Cuban had been interacting with the fans in the section behind the Mavericks' bench. Cuban was not injured.

"I don't know what it was, but something hit me in the face," said Cuban, who encouraged fans to boo him more by putting his hand by his ear.

Extra security was assigned to the area behind the Mavericks' bench for the remainder of the game. There were no other issues.

Tim MacMahon covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com. Ben Rogers of ESPN 103.3 contributed to this report.