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What can Dirk and Durant do as encore?

The stars' explosion in Game 1 brought thoughts of past legendary performances

Updated: May 19, 2011, 9:02 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- It took 48 minutes into the Western Conference finals and 88 combined points from natural-born scorers Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Durant for some older ballers to start dialing up the retro machine.

"You get one guy getting 48 and one guy getting 40," said Oklahoma City Thunder assistant Maurice Cheeks, a member of the Julius Erving-led Philadelphia 76ers of the 1980s that routinely battled Larry Bird's Boston Celtics and Dominique Wilkins' Atlanta Hawks.

"That's like ...

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