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                                                                                    ( from espn.com)

It was the defending champion Dallas Mavericks that were the first to be sent back home packing. The Oklahoma City Thunder completed the first series sweep in the playoffs this year. The Thunder took game four 103-97 in Dallas. Dirk  Nowitzki and the Mavs had a 13 point lead on Kevin Durant and the Thunder in the fourth quarter until James Harden scored 15. I mean what do you expect when its one guy vs three. Dirk is the only big time player Dallas has, and OKC has Durant, Russell Westbrook and Harden. Harden finished with 29 points (leading OKC), 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block. When Harden spoke with the press he had this to say about his performance,”I got into attack mode, I was determined to make plays.”  Dirk can’t handle three different threats at once. That’s why Dallas doesn’t look like the same team they were a little less than a year ago when they beat the Miami Heat to win the NBA Championship. Mark Cuban will really need to bring in some key players to surround Nowitzki if he ever wants a Championship contending team again. Jason Kidd might have played his last NBA game being the oldest player on the court at the age of 39. So  Mark Cuban is just losing talent left and right. Dallas just became the second team (who was the defending champs) in the past five seasons to have been swept in the first round of the NBA playoffs. OKC now awaits to play the winner of the L.A Lakers v.s Denver Nuggets series.

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In the exciting game one of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks series it was a battle til the last second! With the clock ticking the NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant tried driving it for the winning basket but the tough defense from Shawn Marion didn’t allow him to so there was only one thing he could do and that was to throw up a prayer from the free throw line with one hand, and his prayer was answered. The ball bounced on the rim then dropped in. Both KD and Dirk Nowiztski scored 25 points but neither of them were the top performer of the game. Serge Ibaka came up big for the Thunder with 22 points 6 rebounds 5 blocks 1 steal and 1 assist. Ibaka was the top blocker this season in the NBA so these numbers aren’t surprising. The Thunder will try to redeem themselves from losing 4 games to 1 exactly one year ago in the first round. This looks to be a more exciting series then I expected, and I don’t see this series going any less than 6 games. I will go a head and say the winner of this series will go on to play in the Finals, take my word for it. Will Dallas make it to the Finals two years in a row, or will Durant lead the Thunder to their first second round appearance in two years? Durant had this to say after game one,” It’s the playoffs, No matter how it gets done, you’ve got to do it.” It just shows you how much and how far he is willing to work to get where he wants to be.