Dirk leaves Thunder dazed, confused

Mavs superstar piles up points, and Oklahoma City fouls, at a mind-boggling rate

Updated: May 18, 2011, 11:09 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki began his deconstruction of the Oklahoma City Thunder with 21 first-half points and near-perfect shooting.

Nowitzki's remarkable third quarter, as he wreaked havoc on a carousel of defenders, turned the Thunder's impossible situation into a historically helpless one.

Second-year center Serge Ibaka, poor kid, might need a personal day to recover from the Nowitzki torture chamber in which he spent Tuesday night's Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, ...

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