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 That disappointment, plus a little bit assist from an outdated friend, turned into another big performance by the veteran ahead.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.
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.