Allen finished with a season-high 19 points and added three steals and two blocked shots. He entered the game 1 of 4 from 3-point range but buried 2 of 3 beyond the arc against the Thunder, including one with 1:21 remaining to give Memphis a 104-99 lead.
“He won the game for them,” Brooks said of Allen, who is in his seventh season. “Those two 3s were huge. That's what winners do. He's been around winning his whole life. He's a tough, hard-nosed winner.”
KIDD FIRES BLANKS
Dallas point guard Jason Kidd went scoreless in 40 minutes against the Thunder, going 0 for 7 from the field Thursday. He did, however, collect 10 rebounds and seven assists. It was only the second time in his 17-year career that Kidd has gone scoreless while playing 40-plus minutes (Jan. 6, 1998, against Indiana).
“(The Thunder) had success (last season), and when you have success you assume you've made it. What people don't understand is that once you're successful, it gets harder. From a talent standpoint, they are one of the best teams in the league, but they haven't taken that next step. They are living on reputation.” – TNT analyst Charles Barkley