Dirk and company will return to the NBA Finals for the 2nd time in franchise history.Dirk and company will return to the NBA Finals for the 2nd time in franchise history.

words // Nick Engvall

The Dallas Mavericks came from behind for the second straight time, winning the Western Conference Title over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Dirk Nowitzki knocked down a second chance 3-pointer with just over a minute to go, putting the Mavs up for good. Nowitzki finished with 26 points, as did his teammate Shawn Marion, but the key to their win was defense, specifically Jason Kidd’s defense.

Kidd, who took on the tough assignment of Kevin Durant for most of the game, held the league’s leading scorer to just 23 points on 8-20 shooting. Russell Westbrook led all scorers with 31 points but it wasn’t enough to get passed the more experienced Mavericks team.

The Mavs seemed to have taken their 2006 NBA Finals experience to put away the Thunder, who made some crucial turnovers in the final minutes of Game 5.

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James Harden gets stretched out pre-game in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse.James Harden gets stretched out pre-game in the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse.

Shawn Marion was a surprising big contributor with 26 points in the Air Max Fly By.Shawn Marion was a surprising big contributor with 26 points in the Air Max Fly By.

Kendrick Perkins in the adidas Pro Model PE.Kendrick Perkins in the adidas Pro Model PE.

Kevin Durant dunks wearing the "Scoring Title" Zoom KD III.Kevin Durant dunks wearing the “Scoring Title” Zoom KD III.

DeShawn Stevenson drives to the hoop wearing the adidas adiPURE.DeShawn Stevenson drives to the hoop wearing the adidas adiPURE.

Russell Westbrook in the Zoom Hyperfuse, after getting called for a technical foul.Russell Westbrook in the Zoom Hyperfuse, after getting called for a technical foul as the Mavs celebrate.

Jason Terry in the Reebok Zig Slash.Jason Terry in the Reebok Zig Slash.

Kevin Durant with an emotional farewell to the Conference Finals in the Zoom KD III.Kevin Durant with an emotional farewell to the Conference Finals in the Zoom KD III.

Dirk Nowitzki celebrates hitting the go ahead 3-pointer in the Nike Hyperdunk 2010.Dirk Nowitzki celebrates hitting the go ahead 3-pointer in the Nike Hyperdunk 2010.