“It was aggressive,” Westbrook said of the bench, “and they got us the win.”
Every bit as important to the Thunder was the defense that it played against Dirk Nowitzki. Two nights after the Dallas star scored 48 points, he scored only 29 points.
He went to the free-throw line 24 times in Game 1.
In Game 2, he got there only 10 times.
“I thought we did a good job of really getting into him and not allowing him to really lace it up and just shoot over our head,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “We did a good job, but it's still not easy.”
Nowitzki said, “They wanted it more. They deserved to win.”
The Thunder halted the Mavs' seven-game winning streak in the playoffs, and now, Oklahoma City is looking to go on a winning streak of its own.
“Any series, if you want to win it, you've got to win on the road,” Cook said. “That's what we did.
“Now, it's our turn to go home and protect our house.”