Game 1: Dallas at Oklahoma City
Unlike the first two games, the last two came down to the wire. Never more-so than the inaugural rematch from last year’s Western Conference Finals. Dirk Nowitzki showed why he is the top dog, until his team loses; except for Ian Mahinmi’s two free throws, Dirk scored Dallas’ last 10 points in the last 4:30 of play to give the Mavericks a 98-97 lead with 9 seconds remaining.
On the ensuing inbounds, Kevin Durant collected the pass and made a move right, only to spin left to get to around the free-throw line. Durant launched a soft floater over the outstreched arms of Shawn Marion, one of the premier defenders in the league, and it bounced on the rim, hit the backboard and…
It’s as early as it can be in the playoffs, but Durant’s game-winner may be the start of something special in Oklahoma City this year. It’s too soon to proclaim it the first in the trek to their 1st NBA title, but it’s a damn fine start against the defending champions.
Final: OKLAHOMA CITY 98 - Dallas Mavericks 97