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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Could Reggie Miller have duplicated rally?

By Calvin Watkins

What the Mavericks did on Monday night was amazing.

When Kevin Durant made a 3-pointer with 5:06 to play in the fourth quarter it gave Oklahoma City a 99-84 lead. Then things went haywire.

The Mavericks tied the score and even had a chance to win it with seven-tenths of a second to play at the end of regulation. But in the end, the Mavs won, knocking off the Thunder in overtime for a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

It was incredible.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was asked could any of his other teams, he's coached in Detroit and Indiana, have duplicated what was done Monday night.

"I had Reggie Miller for a couple of years," Carlisle said. "So Indiana was one team that could have done it and look, this is a different team in a different time, last night was great, but it’s over."

Of course it is.

Carlisle had two Pistons teams win at least 50 games in his two brief seasons there. In the 2004-05 season, the Pacers went 61-21, led by Jermaine O'Neal's 20.1 points per game and the 38-year old Miller, who averaged just 10 points per game. The Pacers were beaten in the Eastern Conference finals that season.