Jason Terry #31 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts alongside teammate Jason Kidd #2 in the first half while taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs
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Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Oklahoma City will look back at two straight losses with late-game leads. In the meantime, Dallas is looking ahead to its first NBA Finals appearance since 2006.
One game after rallying from 15 points down with under five minutes to go, Dallas rallied from an eight-point, fourth-quarter hole to capture the Western Conference crown with a 100-96 victory over the Thunder in Game 5.
Dirk Nowitzki drained the go-ahead three with just over one minute to play, part of a 26-point, nine-rebound night. Shawn Marion also scored 26 points with eight rebounds and J.J. Barea donated 14 points for Dallas, which won the series, 4-1, and will face either Miami or Chicago in the NBA Finals.
Russell Westbrook scored a game-high 31 points with eight rebounds and five assists and Kevin Durant totaled 23 points, but the duo combined to make just 19-of-48 shots. James Harden added 23 points and Nick Collison recorded a 12- point, 12-rebound double-double off the bench.
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