Other than Nowitzki and coach Rick Carlisle, there aren't many remnants of those Dallas teams left. An offseason overhaul left Marion, Vince Carter, Brandan Wright and Rodrigue Beaubois as the only Mavericks remaining from those clashes.
Collison scored 14 points with a blend of 3-pointers, layups, a jumper and a pair of free throws as Dallas got out to a 29-19 first-quarter lead. Dominique Jones drove for right-handed power slam against 7-foot-3 center Hasheem Thabeet and Jae Crowder converted a four-point play as the Mavs fought of an Oklahoma City comeback to lead 43-32.
The Thunder wiped nearly all of the deficit away, limiting Dallas to just one bucket over the final 6 minutes of the first half to draw within 45-43 after Ibaka missed a pair of free throws, then came soaring in to dunk the rebound off of Durant's second-chance jumper.
The Mavericks responded right away after their 11-point advantage had been erased, getting a pair of layups from Collison during a string of 10 straight points early in the third quarter. Kaman's jumper from the right side made it 55-45 with 9:05 left in the period