What Can Dirk, Durant Do for Encore?

What Can Dirk, Durant Do for Encore?

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 old school," Cheeks said. "Like Bernard King and Larry Bird and those guys. That had to be one of the best playoff performances in a long time."

As the series moves quickly into Thursday night's Game 2 with Nowitzki's 48 two nights ago giving the Dallas Mavericks a 1-0 lead over the Thunder, electric anticipation abounds. What will two of the most affable superstars in all of sports do next?

Durant is the polite, 22-year-old with extraordinarily long limbs and a repertoire so unique and unguardable for a 6-foot-9 forward that he's gone for three 40-point games and four more over 30 this postseason to lead all playoff scorers with a 29.8 average.

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