OKC Thunder: Oklahoma City turns cagey to take Game 2
COMMENTARY — Dallas' Jason Terry calls OKC the Mavericks' “Little brother.” Oklahoma City's 102-99 victory in Game 2 is evidence the Thunder is growing up.
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The Thunder survived another horrific shooting night from Durant (five of 17; that makes him 15 of 44 in the series). Durant had more turnovers (seven) than field goals. And yet OKC has won. If Durant breaks out — that's not assured, not with Shawn Marion making like Ponce de Leon – then the Thunder is likely to win easy one of these nights.
Until then, the Thunder will keep riding Russell Westbrook, who had another solid game: 29 points, 10 of 21 shooting. Westbrook's final four field goals wiped out Dallas leads; he hit the game's biggest shot, a 3-pointer that gave the Thunder an 89-88 lead.
Dallas grabbed one more lead, 97-96 on Vince Carter's muscle shot with 2:18 left, and the Mavs had two possessions to expand the lead. But Nowitzki missed a wide-open 3-pointer on one of the possessions, then the Thunder got a break.
The Thunder inbounded the ball under its basket with 2.6 seconds left in the shot clock but got the ball to Durant in a scramble near the corner. Durant exaggerated a bump from Terry, and the whistle-happy crew was more than happy to stop the game again.
Durant made two foul shots with 50.4 seconds left for a 98-97 lead. Fortune? Yes. That's what happens to big brothers.
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