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Mavericks rally to stun Thunder in Game 4

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, Modified: May 23, 2011 at 11:20 pm •  Published: May 23, 2011

“I caught the ball almost at the half-court line, seen three Mavericks in front of me and had three seconds on the (game) clock. I didn't know what else to do. I tried to get a shot up. I didn't want to run into their defense and get another turnover.”

Dallas' lob pass to the basket on an inbounds play was batted away and the Thunder survived for five more minutes.

But it just gave the Mavs more time to extend the Thunder's misery.

The Thunder scored all of four points in the extra period, both coming off jumpers from unlikely offensive sources Thabo Sefolosha and Serge Ibaka. Durant and Russell Westbrook, the Thunder's All-Star duo, combined to shoot 0-for-5 in the overtime and had both of the team's turnovers in the frame.

The offensive drought began to take on a life of its own. There were quick shots in addition to the turnovers, stall offense characterized by one-on-one play and, of all things, missed free throws. Westbrook came up empty on a trip to the stripe with 2:11 left in regulation that could have bumped the lead to nine.

In overtime, the Thunder missed five of seven shots, fouled when it shouldn't have and didn't when it needed to most, allowing 8.9 seconds to run off the clock before wrapping up Mavs guard Jason Terry in the final 30 seconds.

“Looking back, you could probably say that,” Brooks said when asked if his team relaxed.

Reality set in following Durant's missed 3-pointer with 9.8 seconds remaining. As Jason Kidd stepped to the foul line, Durant's celebratory mood had long subsided. It was replaced with dejection.

Durant kneeled just beyond the 3-point arc. His head was bowed. His eyes were open and his mind was drifting.

“I let the city down,” said Durant, whose nine turnovers overshadowed his 29 points, 15 rebounds and four assists.

Postgame Thoughts: What did you think? Box Score: Thunder loses to Mavs 112-105


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