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Mavericks fire coach Avery Johnson after playoff exit

DALLAS (Reuters) – The Dallas Mavericks have fired coach Avery Johnson following their first-round playoff exit, the team said on Wednesday.

Johnson led the Mavericks to the playoffs in four successive years including an appearance in the NBA finals in 2006.

“It is never easy to relieve a coach of his duties, especially one of Avery’s caliber,” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told the team’s Web site (www.nba.com/mavericks).

“He is a talented coach and I want to thank him for his efforts over the last four years and what he has done for this franchise. We wish him well in the future,” he added.

Dallas’s season ended on Tuesday with a 99-94 loss to the New Orleans Hornets that continued a poor playoff record.

During Johnson’s time in charge, Dallas had an impressive 194-70 record in the regular season but were 23-24 in post-season games including 12 losses in the last 16 games.

The Mavericks lost the 2006 finals to the Miami Heat after letting a 2-0 lead slip, losing the next four games.