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Mavs 1 Win Away From Finals After Huge 4th Qtr Comeback

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 40 points, Jason Kidd hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 40 seconds left in overtime and the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit in the final 5 minutes of regulation to stun the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-105 on Monday night and take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Dallas didn’t lead until Nowitzki hit two free throws 16 seconds into overtime, needing to rally from a 99-84 deficit in the final 5 minutes of regulation.

The Mavericks never let the Thunder go ahead in the extra period.

Kevin Durant missed a 3-pointer on Oklahoma City’s opening possession of overtime then didn’t get another shot until he missed a 3 off the front rim in the final 10 seconds with the Thunder down by five. He finished with 29 points and 15 rebounds.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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