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Fans juiced at AAC after first quarter

DALLAS -- After one quarter, American Airlines Center is buzzing with the Mavs ahead, 32-27, even with Dirk Nowitzki on the bench with two fouls in seven minutes.

Aaron Stewart, an Arlington native who now calls Houston home, was sitting in the lower bowl seats on the baseline with eight friends. He was in charge of buying the tickets, “because I was on vacation and I didn’t have anything else to do.”

Despite Nowitzki’s slow start, Stewart -- and the more than 18,000 inside the downtown Dallas arena -- cannot be happier.

“Dude, it’s amazing,” Stewart said. “Started a little slow and I got a little nervous when Dirk went out but then Cardinal hit a 3 and Jet, too. I think the AAC is louder than AmericanAirlines Arena right now.”