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OKC Thunder edges Mavericks to take 2-0 series lead

Russell Westbrook scored 29 points and the Thunder overcame an off night by Kevin Durant for a 102-99 victory and commanding lead in the series.
By JEFF LATZKE, AP Sports Writer Published: April 30, 2012
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OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook scored 29 points, Kevin Durant added 26 in an off-shooting performance and the Oklahoma City Thunder clawed out a 102-99 victory over defending champion Dallas on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.

Durant hit two free throws with 50.4 seconds left to give Oklahoma City a 98-97 lead, and James Harden hit four more foul shots to close it out for the Thunder.

Jason Terry missed two 3-point attempts from the left wing in the final 5 seconds that could have tied it.

Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 31 points and Shawn Marion scored 15. The Mavericks led in the closing minutes of both road games but couldn't even manage a split. Game 3 is Thursday night in Dallas.