Posted April 27, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Oklahoma City's penalty for scuffling down the stretch and getting passed for the top seed in the Western Conference is a first-round playoff showdown with an all-too-familiar foe toting championship credentials. When the Dallas Mavericks arrive for Game 1 on Saturday night, it'll be a rematch of last season's West finals dominated by Dirk Nowitzki on his way to his first NBA title. Nowitzki averaged 32.2 points against Oklahoma City in last year's playoffs to outduel Kevin Durant, who just became the seventh player in NBA history to win three straight league scoring titles. The Mavericks won that series 4-1, winning both games in Oklahoma City. ''It's all we've been looking forward to for a long time,'' Durant said Friday. ''It's going to be a tough, tough series for us playing against the reigning champions. They cause so many problems on the offensive end and defensive end for us.'' The biggest one is Nowitzki, the 7...
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