NBA Game Summary - Dallas at Oklahoma City
(Tuesday, February 16th)
Final Score: Oklahoma City 99, Dallas 86
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Kevin Durant extended his streak of games with 25 or more points to 26, scoring exactly 25 in Oklahoma City's 99-86 win over the new-look Dallas Mavericks.
Durant got points 24 and 25 on a floater with 26.6 seconds left in the game and added 14 rebounds, as the Thunder won their season-high seventh straight game to move 10 games above .500 (31-21). Jeff Green, Russell Westbrook and James Harden each had 17 points in the win.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points to lead the Mavericks, who lost for the sixth time in eight games despite having some new faces in the lineup. Dallas pulled off a blockbuster deal with Washington right before the All-Star break that brought forward Caron Butler, center Brendan Haywood and guard DeShawn Stevenson to the Mavericks.
Butler played 31 minutes and had 13 points and six rebounds, while Haywood played 15 minutes off the bench and had seven points and six boards. The Mavericks shot a putrid 32.3 percent from the field for the game and 7-of-21 from three-point range.
The game was tied, 59-59, early in the second half before Oklahoma City strung together a 14-0 stretch over 6 1/2 minutes.
Dallas missed nine consecutive shots from the field, had another one blocked and misfired on two free throw attempts, as the Thunder took control of the game. Harden finished the spurt with four straight points via the free throw line, and Oklahoma City held a 78-65 advantage after the third quarter.
"That was a very impressive defensive third quarter," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "A couple of stops we had there were just incredible."
Durant entered the fourth with 20 points, and, as the Thunder led by at least eight for all of the final 12 minutes, the only question was whether Oklahoma City's star would extend his streak.
He scored just two points in the first 11 minutes of the fourth before a 1- of-2 stint at the free throw line gave him 23 with just under a minute to play. A Dallas turnover with 38 seconds left gave Durant one final chance, and he drove to the lane and drained a running jumper with 26.6 seconds left to give him the 25 points and extend the incredible streak.
Butler scored six points for his new team in the first quarter, as the Mavericks held a 26-16 advantage following 12 minutes of play.
The Thunder then exploded for 40 points in the second quarter to grab the halftime lead.
Dallas led for most of the period as Oklahoma City battled back, and a Westbrook layup had the hosts within 47-46 with under three minutes left.
Jason Terry's three quickly put the Mavs back up by six before a 10-2 burst to close out the half gave the Thunder a 56-54 advantage on a Harden three in the final seconds.
"We knew it's going to take some time," Nowitzki said of working well with his new teammates. "You have to have a short memory in this one."
Durant's streak of 25-point games is the most since Philadelphia's Allen Iverson did it 27 straight times during his MVP season in 2000-01...The Mavs sent forwards Josh Howard and James Singleton, center Drew Gooden and Quinton Ross to Washington...Dallas fell to 15-5 in games after a loss and 17-12 on the road...Oklahoma City has won four straight at home and is 16-10 overall as the host...Dallas still leads the season series, 2-1...Terry had 14 points for Dallas, while Jason Kidd has 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists...Mavs center Erick Dampier suffered an open dislocation of his right middle finger. He will remain in Oklahoma City on Tuesday to have it surgically closed and is expected to return to Dallas on Wednesday. No timetable has been set for his return to action.
02/17 01:53:42 ET