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.
â€œWe just picked a bad time to miss shots,â€ 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.
â€œHe knew the game was out of control there in the last two minutes,â€ Terry said of the fan. â€œHe got out of there before I could get my parting shotâ€¦He'll see the newspaper in the morning. And he knows we got the win. That's sweet enough.â€