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Thunder Eliminate Defending Champion Mavericks From NBA Playoffs

May 5 (Bloomberg) -- The Oklahoma City Thunder won 103-97 to sweep the National Basketball Association champion Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs.

The Miami Heat were the last defending champion to lose 4-0 in the first round to the Chicago Bulls in 2007.

In earlier games, the Indiana Pacers topped the Orlando Magic 101-99 in overtime to take a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven series, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 87-86 to hold a 2-1 advantage in their series.

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