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Mavs on Brink of Another Early Exit

New Orleans goes up 3-1 over Dallas in first-round playoff series
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2008 12:43 AM CDT
Mavs on Brink of Another Early Exit
New Orleans Hornets coach Byron Scott, second from right, talks to forward David West (30) as guard Bonzi Wells (24) and others gather around during a time out in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA first-round basketball playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, April 27, 2008 in Dallas....   (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)

(Newser) – David West let out his pent-up frustration over a poor Game 3 with a determined effort Sunday, scoring 10 of his 24 points in a quick stretch early in the second half to help the New Orleans Hornets pull away for a 97-84 victory and a 3-1 lead in the first-round series. Chris Paul added 16 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. 

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The Hornets hadn't won in Dallas since January 1998. Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki had 22 points and 13 rebounds and Jason Terry scored 20, but they didn't get much help. Josh Howard was 3-for-16 and Jason Kidd had only three points, three assists before getting ejected with 7:16 left for a flagrant foul on Jannero Pargo. (Read more basketball stories.)

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