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Nowitzki scores 32 as Mavs beat Thunder 128-119

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 25, 2014 at 11:56 pm •  Published: March 25, 2014
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DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki was frustrated by his poor shooting performance in Dallas' previous game. That disappointment, plus a little help from an old friend, turned into another big performance by the veteran forward.

Nowitzki scored seven of his 32 points in overtime, leading the Mavericks to a 128-119 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.

Nowitzki also had 10 rebounds and six assists. In Dallas' loss to Brooklyn on Sunday, he was 2 for 12 from the field in his worst shooting performance of the season.

"The last game was disappointing for me," Nowitzki said. "I was just hesitating too much, so I had to go back to having fun out there and just being me.

"That was a heck of a game, and it was fun to be a part of."

The 7-foot Nowitzki was 11 for 23 from the field and 8 for 8 at the line.

"His emotion and his attitude carried the team," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "He's a prideful guy. I think great players are great for a reason. They never let anything keep them down for long. He's bounced back from every adversity he's ever had in his career, so this is no surprise."

Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 43 points. He has scored at least 25 in 36 consecutive games in the longest such streak since Michael Jordan's 40-game run during the 1986-87 season.

Dallas had seven players score in double figures. Jose Calderon went 6 for 8 from 3-point range and finished with 22 points.

Nowitzki said he spent time on Tuesday with Holger Geschwinder, his longtime basketball mentor from his home country of Germany. He said they got in a little shooting work.

"I guess he was tired of watching my shooting percentage," Nowitzki said. "It's always good when he's there."

Russell Westbrook scored 23 for Oklahoma City. All of his points came in regulation, when he played 31:50. He added another minute in overtime.

Westbrook is limited to 30 to 32 minutes per game because of his oft-injured right knee.

Oklahoma City was coming off a 117-96 victory over Denver on Monday night. The Thunder had won four in a row.

"I'm proud of our guys' effort and energy, coming back from back-to-back games," coach Scott Brooks said. "I can't complain about anything we did tonight."

"We didn't make the big play," said Durant, who has scored 40 points or more 13 times this season. "They made shots in overtime. You have to give them credit."

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