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Cuban 'expected' denial of protest

The NBA has denied the Mavericks' protest of their 116-108 overtime loss to the Rockets last month.

The Mavericks argued that the referees had improperly called a technical foul on center Erick Dampier following an instant replay review with 1 minute, 1 second left in overtime of the Dec. 18 game. Because it was Dampier's second technical foul, he was ejected.

Commissioner David Stern, however, ruled Tuesday that the decision to give Dampier a technical was a judgment call.

"That's what I expected," Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said. "But if the same thing happens, I'll protest it again."

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