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...

KD on Blake's dunk: It was a layup

Seems like everyone was just blown away by Blake Griffin's dunk over Kendrick Perkins on Monday. Well, almost everyone. 

Nowitzki: 'I'll play for at least two more years'

Friday, Jan. 27 was a big day for Dirk Nowitzki. The Dallas Mavericks superstar didn't play in his team's 116-101 victory over the Utah Jazz that day but he left American Airlines Center with his first NBA championship ring and his sixth La Gazzetta dello Sport Europlayer of the Year award. After receiving the award, Nowitzki stated that he wanted to win one more Europlayer...

Kevin Durant Unimpressed by Blake Griffin's Dunk on Kendrick Perkins, Calls Clippers Forward a 'Poster Child'

Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin have quickly found themselves atop the pantheon of young stars in the NBA. But after an intense game between Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder and Griffin's Los Angeles Clippers, the two forwards seem to have found themselves at odds with one another. While the game ended in a 112-100 Clippers victory, the storyline after the game centered around...

Durant not impressed by Griffin's dunk

It was the dunk that had the potential to break YouTube, but Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant says he was not all that impressed.

Dirk wants to play two more seasons

The Mavericks big man recently said he would like to play two more seasons but remain in basketball after his retirement, transitioning into becoming "a teacher to the kids."

Dirk's says he's got two more years, maybe more

It was less than a year ago the Dallas Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki especially were on top of the world.  They knocked off the Miami Heat, exercising every demon both the franchise and Dirk himself ever had.  Now is the reigning Finals MVP ready to retire? Not quite, but Dirk does have an idea of how much longer he wants his career to play out. Enrico Cellini with Ballin' Europe...

Dirk Nowitzki back in Dallas Mavericks lineup after 4-game hiatus, returns against Spurs

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Durant & Westbrook to become Duncan & Parker 2.0?

Because of general manager Sam Presti's ties to the San Antonio Spurs, the Oklahoma City Thunder have often been compared to the four-time NBA champs.  But it's not just the media and the blogosphere that is making that comparison. Darnell Mayberry, Thunder beat writer for the Oklahoman, tweeted recently that ESPN's JA Adande asked All-World forward Kevin Durant what...

Westbrook, Durant lead Thunder past Mavericks

Russell Westbrook scored 33 points, Kevin Durant added 23 points and 13 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Dallas Mavericks 95-86 on Wednesday night.

Westbrook, Durant too much as Thunder win

Russell Westbrook scored 33 points, Kevin Durant added 23 points and 13 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Dallas Mavericks 95-86 on Wednesday night.

Dirk Nowitzki: Struggles Will Come to an End Eventually

During the Dallas Mavericks’ loss to the OKC Thunder last night, Dirk Nowitzki posted the worst shooting night of his season so far (8 points on 2-15 shooting). And until he gets his body right, Nowitzki knows the personal struggles will continue, but hopes that he can turn things around soon. From the Star-Telegram: “So, what’s wrong with Nowitzki? ‘I’ve just got to keep...

Nash hopeful he'll be ready to host Mavericks

Just when they got Dirk Nowitzki back in the lineup, the Dallas Mavericks learned one of their other veteran starters will likely miss the next few games. Steve Nash, meanwhile, is hoping he's healthy enough to help the Phoenix Suns snap a seven-game skid to the visiting Mavericks and break the franchise's assist record Monday night. Nowitzki started Sunday's home game...

Dirk returns for Mavs; Kidd out at least a week

Dirk Nowitzki returned for the Mavs, but Jason Kidd is out for at least a week.
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