Harden rallies Thunder; Mavs swept away

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    Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - James Harden scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter as the Oklahoma City Thunder completed the series sweep of the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks with a 103-97 victory in Game 4 of the Western Conference quarterfinals.

    The Mavericks became the first defending champions to be swept out of the first round of the playoffs since the Miami Heat in 2007.

    Kevin Durant added 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Russell Westbrook finished with 12 points, six assists and five rebounds for second-seeded Oklahoma City, which will face the winner of the series between the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets.

    Dirk Nowitzki paced the Mavericks with 34 points and Jason Kidd added 16 with eight assists and seven boards.

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