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“All I can tell everybody is, we ain’t done yet,” team owner Mark Cuban said during the on-court trophy presentation ceremony.

Funny thing is, Dallas could face Miami again. Fans seem to hope so, chanting “Beat the Heat!” so loudly after Cuban spoke that they drowned out Carlisle’s on-court interview.

LeBron James and Miami lead the Chicago Bulls 3-1 in the Eastern Conference finals. If the Heat win Thursday night, the finals will begin Tuesday in Miami. If the Bulls win Thursday night, the finals will begin next Thursday in the East winner’s city.

The Mavericks‘ big edge this series was experience, and it showed in the final two games. Age never slowed them, in part because their legs were refreshed by eight days off before the opener. Winning this game is huge because it earns them at least six days off before the finals.

“Any time you can get rest this time of year is a bonus,” said Kidd, who at 38 could become the oldest point guard to ever win a title — by several years. “For us to close it out here is huge.”

Oklahoma City led for most of this game, even staying ahead during a stretch of 11 straight missed shots. But the Thunder were just too young and too inexperienced to understand how to close out a game.

When Dallas started to surge at the start and middle of the fourth quarter, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook came up with some answers. Yet when the pressure really ratcheted up, and 21,092 fans were at their loudest, the veteran Mavericks made all the right moves.

“It’s tough now,” Durant said. “But we can learn from it. The only way to get better is to keep pushing.”

Westbrook scored 31 points, and Durant and James Harden each scored 23. The Thunder bowed out with only their second three-game losing streak of the season.

“I just think we played hard and just couldn’t come up with the win,” Durant said.

Considering its youth and the experience gained in this series, Oklahoma City can expect to close in on many more titles. That was little consolation Wednesday night.

“You can’t skip (developmental) steps,” coach Scott Brooks said. “We all have to get better, including myself.”

Notes: Nowitzki made 59 of 61 free throws this series, an amazing 96.7 percent. For the postseason, he is 130 of 140, or 92.9 percent. … Carlisle won a championship as a backup on the Celtics, but this is his first trip to the finals as a coach. … Dallas is 7-1 at home this postseason. … The Mavs, Spurs and Lakers have combined to win the last 13 West titles. … Dallas-area sports fans are getting spoiled. The World Series was here in October/November, the Super Bowl in February and now the NBA finals are coming in June.