Mavs Win In OKC, Lead Series 2-1
Two days after losing Game 2 at home, the Dallas Mavericks win Game 3 on the road, defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder 93-87. Dallas led by as many as 23 points. Oklahoma City made a charge late, but the gap proved to be too wide. Here is more from the AP and espn.com.
The Mavericks, who tied with Miami for the league’s best road record during the regular season, won for the fourth straight time outside Dallas in these playoffs and reclaimed home-court advantage just two nights after letting it get away in Game 2.
“In a game like this in someone else’s arena, coming off a loss, you have to come out with anger and an intensity,” Jason Terry said. “We did that.”
Dallas played their best defense of the series Saturday night, and in doing so, took the OKC crowd out early. Thunder fans made noise late, but their team’s offense was stagnant.
Once again, Russell Westbrook kept the ball in his hands way too much in the fourth quarter. OKC had 27 offensive possesions in the final quarter, and two-time scoring champion Kevin Durant didn’t even touch the ball on 18 of those possesions. Westbrook scored 30 points, but that won’t win the Thunder any games. Not when he only has 4 assists and 7 turnovers. As a team, OKC only had 11 assists! 11! They turned the ball over 14 times. On a night when Dirk Nowitzki was off (33% from the field), the Thunder were their own worst enemy.
Jason Kidd (13 pts, 8 asts, 4 stls, 6 reb), Shawn Marion (18 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk), and Tyson Chandler (game high 15 rebounds, including 6 offensive boards) all had big games. That, combined with solid defense, helped the Mavericks jump out to the giant lead they would never relinquish.