2011 NBA Playoffs Conference Finals Round | Dallas Mavericks vs Oklahoma City ThunderCategory: Basketball
These two teams were coming off Eastern Conference Semifinals series wins albeit in opposite ends of the spectrum.
The Dallas Mavericks dealt the LA Lakers an embarrassing 4-0 sweep.
The Oklahoma City Thunder got the grueling seven-game series against the Memphis Grizzlies with a 105-90 victory in the do-or-die game 7.
No matter who wins, it is ensured that there will be a new NBA champion this June. For just the second time since 1998, neither the Lakers nor the San Antonio Spurs will represent the West in the NBA finals.
1. The Mavericks advanced to their first Western Conference finals since 2006 while the Thunder for the first time since moving to Oklahoma City.
2. The Mavericks entered the 2011 NBA Playoffs as the #3 seed in the Western Conference while the Thunder is #4.
3. In the regular season, the Mavericks defeated the Thunder two times out of the three games they played.
4. The Mavericks are led by the duo of Dirk Nowtzki (23.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.6 apg) and Jason Kidd (7.9 ppg, 8.2 apg, 4.4 rpg, 1.7 spg).
5. The Thunder are led by the duo of Kevin Durant (27.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.1 spg) and Russell Westbrook (21.9 ppg, 8.2 apg, 4.6 rpg, 1.9 spg).
SCHEDULE: Dallas wins series, 4–1 [The Dallas Mavericks return to the NBA Finals! ]
Game 1 – Tue May 17, Oklahoma City Thunder 112, Dallas Mavericks 121
Game 2 – Thu May 19, Oklahoma City Thunder 106, Dallas Mavericks 100
Game 3 – Sat May 21, Dallas Mavericks 93, Oklahoma City Thunder 87
Game 4 – Mon May 23, Dallas Mavericks 112, Oklahoma City Thunder 105
Game 5 – Wed May 25, Oklahoma City Thunder 96, Dallas Mavericks 100
Dirk Nowitzki made 10 of his first 11 field goals, and 12 of 15 overall. He was perfect on 24 free throws, setting an NBA postseason record for most foul shots made without a miss as he scored 48 points, leading the Mavericks to a 121-112 victory.
His 48 points were the most by anyone this postseason. It was two shy of his most ever in a playoff game, which came in the finale of the 2006 Western Conference finals.
Terry scored 24 points and J.J. Barea added 21 as the Mavericks picked up where they left off in a sweep of the Lakers nine days before.
Kevin Durant scored 40 points, one shy of his most ever in a playoff game while Russell Westbrook added 20 points.
Reserves James Harden, Eric Maynor, Nick Collison and Daequan Cook teamed with Kevin Durant to build a healthy lead late in the fourth quarter, then made it hold up for a 106-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.
In Game 1, Dallas’ reserves outscored Oklahoma City’s 53-22. In Game 2, the Thunder won the battle of the backups 50-29.
Harden scored 23 points. In the fourth quarter, he made 4 of 5 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers. Maynor finished with 13 points, Cook eight and Collison six. Durant still led the Thunder with 24 points.
Dirk Nowitzki went from scoring 48 in the opener to having only 13 points through three quarters. He didn’t even score in the third period, taking just two shots in nearly 9 minutes. He scored 16 in the fourth quarter to finish with 29.
Dirk Nowitzki shrugged off a rough start and made a few key jumpers in the fourth quarter, helping the Dallas Mavericks hold off the Oklahoma City Thunder for a 93-87 victory and a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.
The big German had missed 10 of his first 14 shots, but Dallas kept going to him with the Thunder trying to become the second team to rally from a 23-point deficit to beat the Mavericks in these playoffs.
Nowitzki finished with 18 points on 7 for 21 shooting.
NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant also struggled from the field, hitting just 7 of 22 shots to finish with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Russell Westbrook responded to a fourth-quarter benching with 30 points, helping the Thunder make it interesting in the final minutes.
The Thunder missed their first 16 3-pointers – including all eight by Durant – before Westbrook made one in the final minute to get Oklahoma City within 88-83. Dallas made five of its six free throws to close it out, and Terry swiped the ball with 10 seconds left and ran out the clock on the win.
The Dallas Mavericks used an amazing performance by Dirk Nowitzki coming down the stretch to rally from 15 points down to force overtime and beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-105. Oklahoma City managed to score only six points in the last five minutes of regulation and the overtime period. Nowitzki looked like a circus act or a member of the Harlem Globetrotters during a 17-2 Mavs run to tie the game and send it into overtime. He scored 12 points during the spurt to tie the game and finished with 40. Jason Terry added 20 for Dallas and Jason Kidd dropped in 17.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 29 points and 15 rebounds, but he also turned the ball over nine times. The Thunder had 25 turnovers for the game. Russell Westbrook had 19 points, eight assists and eight rebounds. Serge Ibaka had his best game of the series with 18 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks.
With a stunning display of veteran wits and calmness under pressure, the Dallas Mavericks win Game 5 of their series with the Oklahoma City Thunder today 100-96 to make a return to the NBA Finals since they made it for the first time in 2006.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points, nine in the fourth quarter and Shawn Marion scored 15 of his 26 points in the fourth. The Mavericks outscored the Thunder 14-4 the rest of the way as the Thunder were just too young and too inexperienced to understand how to close out a game.
Russell Westbrook scored 31 points, and Kevin Durant and James Harden each scored 23.
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