OKC Thunder routs Mavericks

Russell Westbrook scores 24 points and Kevin Durant adds a double-double as OKC cruises to 112-91 victory.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: February 4, 2013


photo - Oklahoma City's Kevin Martin (23) steals the ball from Dallas' Jae Crowder (9) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Kevin Martin (23) steals the ball from Dallas' Jae Crowder (9) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

“My trainers do a great job of getting me ready throughout the whole day,” Durant said. “So I just got to continue taking care of it and hopefully I'll be better the next few days.”

Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki, meanwhile, returned from a two-game absence due to a bout with injury but was as ineffective as he's ever been against the Thunder. He scored 10 points on 3-for-11 shooting, continuing a frustrating season in what's been a fabulous 15-year career.

Ibaka shouldered much of the load on the 11-time All-Star and, thanks to continuously improving technique, forced Nowitzki into his nightmarish shooting night. Ibaka crowded Nowitzki on the perimeter, stayed on the floor for most of his pump fakes, moved his feet from side to side after forcing a drive and contested shots consistently without fouling.

“You can guard him as well as you can guard and he still makes some tough shots. You've seen it in this building and you've seen it in their building,” Brooks said. “He's one of the best shot-makers in the game. But I thought Serge, and (Kendrick Perkins) and Nick (Collison) did a good job.”

Nowitzki compiled his stat total through three quarters, and forward Shawn Marion, who scored a team-high 23 points, was the only other Mavs player at that point in double figure scoring.

The Thunder used a 28-8 run to turn a 22-all ballgame with three minutes remaining in the first period into 20-point lead midway through the second quarter. Seven Thunder players scored during the surge. Kevin Martin netted seven of his 17 points off the bench during that spurt to lead the rally. Durant added six points during the run, while Reggie Jackson chipped in five.

Oklahoma City pulled away by clamping down on Dallas. The Thunder forced the Mavs into nine straight misses to ignite the run, and by the time that charge was over the Mavs had missed 15 of 19 shots in that nine-minute span. Meanwhile, the Thunder played selfless basketball on the other end, dishing seven assists on 12 field goals to lead to the balanced attack.


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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