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Dallas Mavericks' best not enough

The defending champs fought hard but couldn't overcome Thunder's rising trio

Updated: May 6, 2012, 3:29 AM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

The Dallas Mavericks played as hard as they could Saturday night to avoid the indignity of getting swept out of the playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

They scrambled. They fought. They even built a 13-point fourth-quarter lead in Game 4 -- and it still wasn't enough.

The Mavs were dismissed from the playoffs without winning a game for the first time in franchise history -- 329 days after winning the franchise's first title.

Ironic, isn't it?

Oklahoma City 103, ...

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