Posted January 31, 2012 on AP on Fox
The Dallas Mavericks are rounding into form after a slow start. The Oklahoma City Thunder have been at or near the top of the NBA since the season began. Last season's Western Conference finalists meet for the third time since that series Wednesday night, with the Mavericks in search of a fourth straight victory. A memorable conference finals between these teams saw Dallas (14-8) prevail in five games - all decided by single digits - as Dirk Nowitzki averaged 32.2 points with two 40-point efforts while Kevin Durant averaged 28.0. The up-and-coming Thunder (16-4) were anointed one of the favorites to win the West this season, got off to a 5-0 start before a 100-87 loss at Dallas on Jan. 2 and have the NBA's best record. The Mavericks, meanwhile, began with three losses capped by a 104-102 defeat at Oklahoma City when Durant hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Dallas has had numerous players missing but is starting to get healthy, with Vince Carter averaging 18.0 points during...
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