NBA Basketball: Oklahoma City Thunder falls just short

BY MIKE BALDWIN Modified: February 28, 2009 at 7:21 am •  Published: February 28, 2009
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DALLAS (AP) — Even with Oklahoma City missing Kevin Durant, the Dallas Mavericks turned to two of its stars to fend off the Thunder on Friday night.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 17 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, Jason Kidd hit two big 3-pointers in the extra period, and the Mavericks overcame a 12-point deficit to beat the short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder 110-108.

After struggling for most of the second half, Nowitzki scored 12 points in the final 4:47 of the fourth quarter and hit two straight baskets in overtime to give the Mavericks the lead. Kidd was 0-of-5 from the floor before scoring all 10 of his points in OT.

"It showed we can put it together pretty quickly when we have to," Kidd said. "That's a lesson learned. We've got to win these games."

Oklahoma City played most of the way without Kevin Durant, who sprained his right ankle and left the contest with 4:21 remaining in the first quarter.

Durant left the arena in crutches and wearing a protective boot. His status is day-to-day.

Despite the loss of the NBA's fourth-leading scorer, the Thunder led by 12 midway through the fourth quarter and then overcame a five-point deficit to force overtime.

Oklahoma City is 3-17 in games decided by six points or less.

"With Kevin out, we had to step up and really play together," Oklahoma City forward Jeff Green said. "We still had a chance with a couple of big plays we could have made."

Nowitzki hit two free throws to give the Mavericks the lead in overtime, then followed with a 3-pointer that gave the Mavericks a 103-99 advantage with 1:39 left. It was his fourth 40-point game of the season and 12th of his career.

"It was definitely a lucky win," said Nowitzki, who'd scored only three points in the second half before breaking out late. "It doesn't happen very often when you're down that much that late and come back."

Russell Westbrook, who hit a 3-pointer to send it to overtime, scored 33 points and Green added 28 points for the Thunder, who have lost seven straight.


MAVERICKS 110

THUNDER 108, OT

OKLAHOMA CITY

FG FT Reb
Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Totals 265:00 39-96 23-26 19-52 23 27 108
Durant 7:39 2-3 2-2 0-2 0 0 6
JGreen 45:47 9-20 7-9 1-12 1 4 28
Krstic 33:52 5-11 0-0 5-9 3 4 10
Sflsha 30:16 5-9 0-0 2-8 1 5 12
Wstbrk 46:56 11-32 9-10 5-8 5 2 33
Weaver 28:13 1-5 2-2 1-2 0 0 4
Collison 25:42 3-8 0-0 3-5 2 5 6
Watson 32:49 1-5 3-3 1-4 11 4 5
Rose 13:46 2-3 0-0 1-2 0 3 4
Percentages: FG .406, FT .885. 3-Point Goals: 7-16, .438 (J.Green 3-5, Sefolosha 2-3, Westbrook 2-6, Watson 0-1, Weaver 0-1). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 14 (17 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Watson, Weaver). Turnovers: 13 (Westbrook 4, Watson 3, J.Green 2, Krstic 2, Rose, Weaver). Steals: 8 (Watson 2, Weaver 2, Westbrook 2, J.Green, Sefolosha). Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 10:26 second.

DALLAS

FG FT Reb
Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Totals 265:00 42-94 22-27 15-52 28 21 110
Howard 30:21 6-17 1-1 2-3 3 5 13
Nowitzki 46:02 16-30 8-10 1-9 2 0 41
Dampier 20:11 2-2 0-0 2-8 0 1 4
Wright 27:19 2-5 1-2 1-2 1 2 5
Kidd 41:57 2-8 4-4 0-5 13 4 10
George 19:21 1-3 0-0 1-4 0 2 3
Barea 27:16 3-9 1-2 2-6 7 1 7
Bass 14:20 3-6 3-4 2-5 0 0 9
GGreen 12:46 2-8 2-2 1-1 1 2 6
Singleton 25:27 5-6 2-2 3-9 1 4 12
Percentages: FG .447, FT .815. 3-Point Goals: 4-21, .190 (Kidd 2-6, George 1-2, Nowitzki 1-3, Barea 0-1, Bass 0-1, Singleton 0-1, Wright 0-1, G.Green 0-2, Howard 0-4). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 13 (15 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Singleton 3, Dampier 2, Kidd). Turnovers: 12 (Nowitzki 3, Bass 2, Howard 2, Singleton 2, Barea, Kidd, Wright). Steals: 7 (Kidd 4, G.Green, Howard, Singleton). Technical Fouls: None.

Oklahoma City 22 21 26 26 13 108
Dallas 24 24 16 31 15 110
A—20,007 (19,200). T—2:37.

Officials—Bill Spooner, Tony Brothers, Zach Zarba.

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