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Serge Ibaka learned from Game 1

Updated: May 19, 2011, 11:32 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, the soft-spoken 22-year-old from the Republic of Congo, said Wednesday that he considered Game 1 of the Western Conference finals to be his classroom and Dirk Nowitzki his teacher.

"I learned a lot last game," Ibaka, whose English is improving but still a little rough, said of the Mavs' 121-112 victory. "For me, this is my first time to play against Dirk and he gets 48. I can see this gives me like class, a lesson. So, I have my lesson ...

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