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Rick Carlisle questions Thunder 'D'

Updated: May 23, 2011, 10:15 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Just like in Game 1, Dirk Nowitzki knocked down every free throw he shot. The difference: The total was one-eighth as much.

Nowitzki, primarily defended by rugged Thunder reserve forward Nick Collison, shot only three free throws during an 18-point, 7-of-21 shooting, seven-turnover night. The Mavericks still managed to grind out a 93-87 win in Saturday's Game 3 to reclaim home-court advantage in the Western Conference finals.

Carlisle credited Collison's effort, ...

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