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Mavs' Jason Terry gets the last laugh

Taunting fan goes home before Dallas polishes off Thunder
by Darnell Mayberry Modified: December 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm •  Published: December 27, 2010

“When you're having a tough night, you're looking for anything to get (you) going,” Terry said. “And I just used that to motivate me… Tonight was just a tough night for me. I turned the ball over. I didn't make shots. But in the fourth quarter, I just used it as motivation.”

Terry alone outperformed the Thunder offensively in the fourth quarter. OKC made just four of 18 shots and committed five turnovers in the final period. The Thunder's 12 points matched a season low for points in any period.

“We just picked a bad time to miss shots,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks.

It was almost predictable.

The Thunder's 111-103 loss to the Mavs on Nov. 24 came in similar fashion. In that game, Dallas outscored OKC 36-22 in the fourth quarter. Only that time, it was Nowitzki who torched the Thunder to the tune of 17 points in the final quarter.

Nowitzki, however, rolled his right ankle as he landed following a jump shot with 9:10 remaining in the second quarter. He completed a three-point play by hitting a foul shot but immediately departed for the locker room and never returned to the game.

Dallas (24-5) also won for the 17th time in 18 games despite being without head coach Rick Carlisle, who underwent knee surgery last Wednesday.

But on this night, Terry was enough.

As teammate Caron Butler slammed the ball to the ground at the final buzzer, putting a stamp on a statement win by Dallas, Terry never got to deliver his last laugh.

The courtside seat sat empty.

“He knew the game was out of control there in the last two minutes,” Terry said of the fan. “He got out of there before I could get my parting shot…He'll see the newspaper in the morning. And he knows we got the win. That's sweet enough.”

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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