Found May 04, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
DALLAS -- The defending champions are 48 minutes from elimination. The Oklahoma City Thunder put a pounding on the Dallas Mavericks that likely has signaled a changing of the guard in the Western Conference. The Thunder's 95-79 romp Thursday has the young upstarts one victory from advancing to the second round. The Mavericks, down three games to none in the best-of-seven opening-round series, at this point are just looking to extend their season Saturday night home at American Airlines Center. It's a long fall for a franchise that climbed the NBA mountain last June. Kevin Durant and the rest of the Thunder began their ascent to legitimate title contenders last year. That season ended in the West finals at the hands of the Mavericks. Oklahoma City hasn't avenged that postseason loss ... yet. Durant scored 21 of his game-high 31 points in the first half. The third quarter is what won it for the Thunder. Oklahoma City turned a nine-point halftime lead into an in...
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