"We’ve got to be able to avoid that terrible stretch,” said Nick Collison
. "We were up 12, and just like that it was tied. You know they’ll make a run, but we have to hold them off better than that and get something going.”
NOWITZKI DOES IT AGAIN
Dallas All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki
is becoming a Thunder killer. He scored 41 points to lead the Mavericks’ comeback. Nowitzki scored 46 points earlier this season in a 103-99 win over Oklahoma City.
"This game was just like the last time we played them, when they took us all the way down the stretch,” Nowitzki said. "They’re really a young team, and even with (Kevin) Durant
out, they kept coming. (Russell) Westbrook
is a beast, and (Jeff) Green
had a heck of a game. It didn’t look good when we were down 12.”
The Mavericks switching to a 2-3 matchup zone in the fourth quarter played a key role in the 16-0 run.