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Dallas has mental mojo over OKC

Mavs have beaten the Thunder when it counts and stand in way of potential dynasty

Updated: February 1, 2012, 3:48 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- A year ago, folks would have cackled at comparisons of the supposedly soft Dallas Mavericks and the old Detroit Bad Boys teams.

OK, maybe you think it's still a stretch. The defending NBA champions are still a title shy of pulling even with those Pistons and don't possess any elbows nearly as intimidating or oft-used as the ones attached to ex-Detroit enforcers Rick Mahorn and Bill Laimbeer.

But these Mavs, like those Pistons, are a ridiculously deep, veteran-loaded, one-superstar ...

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