“Veteran leadership, from all that we've been through, guys realizing that this opportunity doesn't come often, and the opportunity for us is now,” Terry said. “We are mentally tough from all we went through, learning from all those experiences and knowing that we've seen almost every situation out there. Going through that and getting where we are today, we realize we're a tougher team.”
The Mavs jumped led 27-12 after the first quarter. Asked if he sensed the Thunder was nervous early, Terry said, “We really weren't looking at them. We were more about how our demeanor was and how our mentality was. From shoot-around this morning we got off the buss (focused) and we're going to have to continue to play with that type of edge, the same edge that we played with in the other two series is what you saw tonight.”
- A home team that loses Game 3 when the series is tied at 1 wins a best-of-7 series only 16 percent of the time.
- OKC didn't score on consecutive possessions until the 8:59 mark of the second quarter after it had already fallen behind by 23.
- Much was made of Thunder starting point guard Russell Westbrook sitting out the entire fourth quarter in Game 2 while being replaced by backup Eric Maynor. In Game 3, Westbrook played the entire second half and 42 minutes total, while Maynor played 5 minutes, 55 seconds the entire game.
- The Thunder outscored Dallas 32-14 at the free-throw line, but the Mavericks outscored Thunder 21-3 from the 3-point line.
- OKC reserve guard Daequan Cook wore small pad on top of his bruised left arm.
Durant on the Dallas defense: “They just made it tough on us, man.”