Dirk, Mavs storm past Thunder in overtime

Mavs Muscle Previous Thunder In OT

 

DALLAS – Dirk Nowitzki was pissed off by his poor capturing efficiency in Dallas' previous sport. That disappointment, plus a little bit assist from an outdated friend, turned into another big performance by the veteran ahead.

Nowitzki scored seven of his 32 factors in extra time, main the Mavericks to a 128-119 victory over the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder on Tuesday night.

Nowitzki also had 10 rebounds and 6 assists. In Dallas' loss to Brooklyn on Sunday, he was 2 for 12 from the sector in his worst taking pictures performance of the season.

"The last recreation was disappointing for me," Nowitzki said. "I was simply hesitating too much, so I had to return to having fun out there and simply being me.

"That was a heck of a game, and it was fun to be a part of."

The 7-foot Nowitzki was eleven for 23 from the sphere and 8 for eight on the line.

"His emotion and his attitude carried the staff," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "He is a prideful man. I believe great players are great for a reason. They by no means let something keep them down for lengthy. He is bounced back from each adversity he is ever had in his profession, so that is no shock."

Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with forty three points. He has scored a minimum of 25 in 36 consecutive video games within the longest such streak since Michael Jordan's forty-recreation run in the course of the 1986-87 season.

Dallas had seven gamers rating in double figures. Jose Calderon went 6 for eight from 3-point range and finished with 22 factors.

Nowitzki mentioned he frolicked on Tuesday with Holger Geschwinder, his longtime basketball mentor from his home country of Germany. He stated they got in just a little taking pictures work.

"I suppose he was tired of watching my capturing proportion," Nowitzki said. "It's at all times good when he's there."

Russell Westbrook scored 23 for Oklahoma City. All of his factors got here in regulation, when he played 31:50. He added another minute in additional time.

Westbrook is proscribed to 30 to 32 minutes per game because of his oft-injured right knee.

Oklahoma Metropolis was coming off a 117-ninety six victory over Denver on Monday evening. The Thunder had received four in a row.

"I am pleased with our guys' effort and power, getting back from again-to-back games," coach Scott Brooks said. "I am unable to complain about anything we did tonight."

"We didn't make the big play," said Durant, who has scored 40 factors or more 13 occasions this season. "They made photographs in additional time. It's a must to give them credit."

The Mavericks scored the primary 5 points of the additional period on two free throws by Nowitzki and a three-pointer by Calderon. They by no means trailed again.

The victory pushed Dallas into eighth place in the Western Convention, a half-recreation forward of idle Phoenix. The Mavericks improved to 3-2 on a franchise-long, eight-recreation homestand, with three of the games going to overtime. They began the homestand in seventh place, 1 half forward of the ninth-place Suns.

Calderon returned to the beginning lineup after being knocked out of Sunday evening's game in the first minute. He was whacked in the face by Brooklyn's Mason Plumlee, chipping a facial bone between his nose and mouth.

Calderon mentioned the injury only hurts when he talks or laughs. "And I don't have to giggle throughout video games," he stated.

One other of Calderon's 3s came with 26.3 seconds left in the fourth quarter and sent the game into time beyond regulation.

"It felt good from the beginning," he stated, "however you do not know till that ball goes by way of the rim."

Dallas received 109-86 at Oklahoma City on March sixteen in the Thunder's worst lack of the season. Westbrook missed that game as a result of the workforce desires to restrict the exercise for his surgically repaired knee, choosing to rest him in a single a part of back-to-back games.

Westbrook was the catalyst of Oklahoma City's second-quarter rally after the Thunder fell behind by 10. He scored 10 factors in the interval, including a foul shot that gave Oklahoma City a 57-forty eight lead with 1:25 to go.

But the Mavericks answered with three consecutive 3-pointers – one from Calderon and two from Vince Carter – to tie it with 33.4 left in the half. Durant then hit a three to provide Oklahoma City a 60-fifty nine lead at the break.

The Thunder hit 14 of 18 pictures within the interval and shot 57.1 percent for the half.

 

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Thunder middle Kendrick Perkins, sidelined since Feb. 20 with a groin strain, is hoping to return at Houston on April four… If Dallas finishes among the many league's top-10 groups, Oklahoma Metropolis will get the Mavericks' first-round draft selection next summer season because of a collection of trades.

 

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Report: Dolan says no trades coming for Knicks

 

James Dolan apparently won't fire anyone any time soon. (USATSI)
James Dolan apparently won't hearth anyone on the Knicks any time soon. (USATSI)

 

The New York Knicks had been embarrassed on Christmas Day with a 29-point dwelling loss to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder. With the best way the Knicks' season has been going, it's been expected that an absence of turnaround within the crew's on-court fortunes would lead to trades being made and coaches being fired. Nevertheless, James Dolan reportedly assured the gamers on Thursday that trades and training changes weren't coming.

Marc Stein of ESPN.com is reporting that Dolan met with players earlier than apply on Thursday and requested them to again Mike Woodson 100 percent as they attempt to turn their season round. It's a shocking turn for a Knicks organization that probably wants some kind of change to get out of the malaise they've had all season lengthy.

Knicks chairman James Dolan instructed New York gamers in a gathering Thursday that there are no trades or adjustments to the coaching staff forthcoming, ESPN.com has learned.

Sources near the state of affairs informed ESPN.com that Dolan gathered the crew earlier than the first practice within the wake of New York's embarrassing 29-point house loss to Oklahoma Metropolis on Christmas Day largely in an try to hush the rising speculation about coach Mike Woodson's job security following the Knicks' 9-19 start.

The dialogue came amid growing indicators the Knicks' effort and focus below Woodson is waning on prime of the numerous damage points that have plagued all of them season.

It is believed Dolan took the step in an try to steer Woodson's players to band together and throw their full assist behind the embattled coach to help dig New York out of the sizable hole it finds itself with primarily one-third of the common season in the books, the sources mentioned.

The Knicks are simply 9-19 on the season and are tied for eleventh in the Eastern Convention. They're at present 2.5 video games out of the eighth seed, so it wouldn't take a lot of a turnaround to be able to get them back into the playoff image. The true difficulty is whether or not this workforce is prepared and capable of getting their collective act collectively to play extra like what we saw final season when this workforce received 52 games.

They merely have not played good protection or the type of offense we noticed from them final season after they had been third within the NBA in offensive efficiency. They currently possess the 19th greatest offense within the NBA and don't appear to have any kind of rhythm from one game to the subsequent. With little or no in assets to commerce in order to sweeten the pot and usher in a distinction-maker, the Knicks are form of stuck with the situation they at present have. Health and continuity to the lineups may get this crew getting in the right path, but they'd nonetheless need to discover a solution to wash the stink off from the early legs of this season.

How much longer will the Knicks be allowed to slide earlier than James Dolan adjustments his tune with adjustments to the roster and coaching workers?

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Durant, Thunder end Spurs win streak at 11

Durant Leads Thunder Previous Spurs

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OKLAHOMA METROPOLIS – The pictures weren't falling early for Kevin Durant and never fell for Russell Westbrook, so it was Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb who carried the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder to their most impressive win of the season.

Durant completed with 24 factors and thirteen rebounds, Jackson matched his profession excessive with 23 factors on 10-of-14 capturing and Lamb scored 12 factors on 5-of-7 capturing, lifting the Thunder to a ninety four-88 win over San Antonio and snapping the Spurs' eleven-sport profitable streak.

Jackson scored eight straight points for the Thunder throughout a surge early in the fourth quarter that put Oklahoma City ahead by 11 points. The Spurs rallied inside three points earlier than Jackson and Durant mixed to score the Thunder's final thirteen factors and put the game away.

"We couldn't guard (Jackson) tonight," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich mentioned. "He really helped them. He was basically the difference in the game. He did an important job."

Serge Ibaka added 17 points and eleven rebounds for Oklahoma Metropolis, which is 7-0 at dwelling, the franchise's best dwelling begin since 2004-05, when it was in Seattle. The Thunder have won five straight, their longest streak of the season.

The Thunder took management of a good recreation with an 8-0 run in the third quarter and withstood a run by San Antonio halfway through the fourth.

"I just attacked gaps and pictures went down for all of us," Jackson stated. "We just saved making an attempt to get within the lane and make the passes for the subsequent man and just hold attacking the bigs off decide-and-rolls… I believe we as a staff, we did it fairly efficiently tonight, but it began defensively."

Tony Parker had sixteen factors and seven assists for San Antonio (13-2), which was looking for the most effective begin in franchise historical past. The Spurs also began thirteen-1 throughout the 2010-eleven season. Portland, which entered Wednesday on an eleven-sport winning streak, is the only different workforce to have beaten San Antonio this season.

During their earlier eight games, the Spurs had overwhelmed opponents by an average of 19.1 points, with all these wins by nine or extra factors. But fellow Western Convention power Oklahoma City (10-3) represented a step up in competition, and the Spurs misplaced for the third straight time at Chesapeake Vitality Area.

San Antonio shot 39.1 p.c from the sector and went 7 of 27 (25.9 p.c) from three-level range. The latter number notably irked Popovich, who said his workforce didn't assault the basket as much as he'd like.

"I thought a reasonably good percentage of ours tonight have been hurried or frenetic at times," Popovich stated. "I did not like our choice."

Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks agreed with Popovich that almost all of the Spurs' three-level attempts benefited the Thunder.

"I assumed our protection was excellent," Brooks mentioned. "I feel in the final three or four video games we've put a string of defensive efforts and defensive performances together we are able to continue to construct on.

"Going into this game they'd won 11 in a row and were the most popular workforce in basketball and with the way they rating they're a hard staff to guard. I assumed our guys did a good job with our size making them miss pictures and I assumed defense was the key tonight."

Durant and Westbrook combined to shoot 6 of 24 in the first half – 1 of 9 from 3-point range – and the Spurs led 46-43 at halftime. Meanwhile, Kawhi Leonard went 6 of 12 from the sphere and had thirteen first-half points for San Antonio.

With common stalwarts Durant and Westbrook struggling, Ibaka picked up the slack early within the third quarter, scoring 10 straight points for Oklahoma Metropolis popping out of halftime. That seemed to get up the Thunder they usually went on an 8-zero run to take their largest result in that point at 59-fifty two on a dunk by Durant at the 5:08 mark.

Lamb hit a 3-pointer and a 2-pointer within the ultimate 1:35 of the third quarter to increase the result in sixty eight-fifty nine and Jackson's driving layup gave the Thunder a seventy eight-sixty seven lead with eight:forty seven left. It was the primary double-digit benefit for both group.

That was Oklahoma Metropolis's final field goal for more than four½ minutes, allowing the Spurs to achieve ground. Marco Belinelli's basket with 6:forty six left pulled San Antonio inside seventy nine-76 but then the Spurs went cold as properly, missing their subsequent 4 pictures.

Ibaka's putback with 4:12 left ended the Thunder's drought and Jackson followed with an 11-foot jumper to make it 83-seventy seven. Durant, who finished 10 of 23 from the sector, then grabbed the rebound after a miss by Leonard and drove the length of the court for a basket while being fouled. He made the free throw to put Oklahoma City forward 86-77 with 2:56 left.

Jackson "was aggressive all evening attending to the rim," Durant said. "That's what he does. No person can keep in entrance of him… He gave us a pleasant spark and people guys, him and Jeremy, Fish (Derek Fisher), these guys are actually the reason we received the basketball sport."

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Earlier than the sport, Popovich and Oklahoma City general supervisor Sam Presti chatted briefly outdoors the Spurs' locker room. Presti was an assistant GM with the Spurs earlier than taking the identical job with the Thunder franchise in 2007… Referee Monty McCutchen called Oklahoma City's Fisher for three fouls on one San Antonio second-quarter possession. After an unlawful display name on the Spurs to end the possession, Fisher told McCutchen, "That is horrible." McCutchen responded, "Don't discuss to me."

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