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OKC Thunder: Good start leads to a big victory

Before a sellout crowd of 20,640 on Thursday night in Game 3 at American Airlines Center, the Thunder jumped to a 28-13 lead ... and cruised to a 95-79 victory.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: May 4, 2012

In the second quarter, however, the Mavs shot just 4 for 16 (.250) and committed six turnovers and OKC stretched its lead to 50-41 at intermission.

“That really hurt us,” Carlisle said. “We never really recovered from it.”

After the Mavs' 4-0 start early in the third quarter, the contest soon morphed into a rout and the Thunder's quick start was not wasted.

Here are the beginnings to each playoff game against the Mavericks the last two seasons:

2011

Game 1 – Dallas leads 10-3 (8:40) in first quarter; outscores OKC 35-21 in second quarter and wins 121-112.

Game 2 – Dallas leads 21-11 (5:12) and 28-17 (2:03) in first quarter; OKC comes back and wins 106-100.

Game 3 – Dallas leads 27-10 (26.7) in first quarter; 35-12 (10:08) in second quarter and wins 93-87.

Game 4 – OKC leads 18-8 (7:54) and 26-15 (3:30) in first quarter; leads 99-84 (5:06) in fourth quarter, but loses 112-105 in overtime.

Game 5 – Dallas leads 8-2 (9:47) and 12-6 (7:34) in first quarter and wins 100-96.

2012

Game 1 – Dallas leads 23-15 (2:59) in first quarter, but OKC wins 99-98 on Durant jumper with 1.5 seconds left.

Game 2 – OKC scores last nine points of first quarter to lead 32-24 at end of first quarter, goes on to win 102-99.

Game 3 – OKC leads 16-7 (7:09) and 28-13 (2:16) in first quarter en route to a 95-79 victory.


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