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Report: Oklahoma City Thunder to play exhibition games against Dallas Mavericks

OKC THUNDER — The Thunder will play exhibition games against the defending NBA champions Dec. 18 in Dallas and Dec. 20 in Oklahoma City, according to ESPN Dallas.
BY FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: November 30, 2011 at 2:22 pm •  Published: November 30, 2011

The Oklahoma City Thunder will play two exhibition games against the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, according to an ESPN Dallas report.

The Thunder will play the Mavericks at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at American Airlines Center in Dallas and at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at Oklahoma City.

The two teams met in the Western Conference Finals last season, with the Mavericks advancing with a 4-1 series victory.

The condensed NBA preseason schedule will include two games for every team. Because of the mandatory accelerated pace the league needs to start the regular season on Dec. 25, it is believed that each team will play its closest neighboring franchise.