It was eerily similar to Game 4 in Oklahoma City on Monday night. The Thunder lead for most of the game and by as much as seven points deep into the fourth quarter. Then it happened again: the inexperience and youth of the Thunder yielded to another Mavericks comeback. The duo of Durant and Westbrook took bad shots while the team committed untimely fouls and eventually, with 74 seconds remaining, after just missing his first 3 point attempt of the game, Dirk Nowitzki sank one from the top of the key. And the Mavericks had a one point lead.
This was the closest 4-1 series I’ve ever seen. Either of the last two games could have gone the other way, but the Mavericks wouldn’t allow it. Come the final two minutes, the Thunder fell apart and the Mavericks gelled, plain and simple. It perfectly illustrates the advantage a veteran team has over a youthful one.
Now the Mavericks wait for the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals. Next game to be determined!