Up 2-0, Mavs shine like champions

Confident Dallas displays composure while Lakers' dynasty threatens to unravel

Updated: May 5, 2011, 9:48 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

LOS ANGELES -- One franchise seeks to three-peat for the second time in the past 11 years. The other has a recent history of horrible playoff failure and has yet to hang a title banner.

You certainly can't tell which is which based on the first two games of these Western Conference semifinals.

The Dallas Mavericks are playing and behaving like champions, keeping an even keel after seizing control of the series. The Los Angeles Lakers look like a dysfunctional team on the brink of destruction, ...

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