Article Photos: Thunder is on the verge of sweeping the defending NBA champs in the first round 15/34

Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki (41) goes past Oklahoma City's Kendrick Perkins (5) during Game 3 of the first round in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Thursday, May 3, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman