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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook

Modified: February 28, 2009 at 12:05 am •  Published: February 28, 2009
Costly drought
The Thunder once again was plagued by an extended dry spell. Trailing by 12 points, the Mavericks went on a 16-0 run to retake the lead late in regulation before Oklahoma City rallied to force overtime. During the drought, Oklahoma City was 0-of-4 from the field with four turnovers.

"We’ve got to be able to avoid that terrible stretch,” said Nick Collison. "We were up 12, and just like that it was tied. You know they’ll make a run, but we have to hold them off better than that and get something going.”

Dallas All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki is becoming a Thunder killer. He scored 41 points to lead the Mavericks’ comeback. Nowitzki scored 46 points earlier this season in a 103-99 win over Oklahoma City.

"This game was just like the last time we played them, when they took us all the way down the stretch,” Nowitzki said. "They’re really a young team, and even with (Kevin) Durant out, they kept coming. (Russell) Westbrook is a beast, and (Jeff) Green had a heck of a game. It didn’t look good when we were down 12.”

The Mavericks switching to a 2-3 matchup zone in the fourth quarter played a key role in the 16-0 run.

"We missed some shots down the stretch after they went to that zone,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks.

Thunder at Grizzlies
When: 7 tonight

Where: FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tenn.

TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma (Cox 37)

Radio: WWLS-FM 98.1, WWLS-AM 640, Sirius 91

Live blog:

Three things to know:

→Oklahoma City has won two of three meetings, including a 111-103 victory in Memphis on Nov. 29.

→The Grizzlies are riding a six-game losing streak.

→Memphis’ O.J. Mayo leads all rookies in scoring (19.2).

Probable Starters

Thunder (13-44)
Pos. Player Ht. Pts. Reb. Ast.
G Russell Westbrook 6-3 15.3 4.7 5.0
G Thabo Sefolosha 6-7 4.5 2.8 1.5
F Kevin Durant 6-9 26.3 6.7 2.9
F Jeff Green 6-9 16.8 6.9 2.1
C Nenad Krstic 7-0 4.5 2.8 1.5
Grizzlies (15-42)
G O.J. Mayo 6-4 19.2 4.2 2.9
G Mike Conley 6-1 9.2 3.3 3.9
F Rudy Gay 6-8 18.6 5.7 1.6
F Hakim Warrick 6-9 11.8 5.2 0.8
C Marc Gasol 7-1 11.0 7.3 1.6

* — Stats and records through Thursday’s games


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