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Thursday, March 22, 2012
Most Beloved: Cinderella story for Dirk Nowitzki?

By ESPNDallas.com

Could one championship lead to another for the Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki?

With your votes, the NBA Finals MVP is marching through our Metroplex Most Beloved bracket. In the first round, sixth-seeded Dirk crushed "Mr. Cowboy" Bob Lilly, a 10 seed, by an 82 percent-to-18 percent margin.

The momentum carried into the semifinals, where Nowitzki stunned legendary Cowboys coach Tom Landry -- the No. 4 seed -- by a mere 119 total votes out of almost 11,000 votes cast.

And now he finds himself in our Final Four against yet another Cowboys icon -- top-seeded Roger Staubach. Polls remain open until Thursday at midnight, when we'll reveal our championship matchup.

The other semifinal boast two-thirds of the Cowboys' famed "Triplets" -- with quarterback Troy Aikman, the third seed, squaring off against running back Emmitt Smith, the No. 2 seed.

Choose wisely by voting here through Thursday. And join the discussion afterward.