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Mavericks' intensity a generation apart

Old-guard reps clamp down on Thunder, notch fourth straight road playoff victory

Updated: May 22, 2011, 9:56 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Somewhere the Spurs, Celtics and maybe even the Lakers got a hearty chuckle at this one.

The Dallas Mavericks, representing the NBA's old guard for both conferences in perhaps that group's last stand, again came raging off the ropes to put a defensive whipping on the Oklahoma City whippersnappers.

Kevin Durant and his band of college-age hoopsters are going to have to pry this Western Conference finals from these creaky, but ever-resilient and mentally tough Mavs ...

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