NBA Game Summary - Oklahoma City at Dallas
(Friday, January 15th)
Final Score: Dallas 99, Oklahoma City 98
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki had 32 points, including a critical jumper with 6.4 seconds to play, and the Dallas Mavericks hung on for a 99-98 win over the Thunder.
Nowitzki went 14-of-15 from the free throw line for Dallas, which has beaten the Thunder/Sonics franchise nine straight times at home and 17-of-19 overall. Jason Terry added 21 points off the bench, although his missed two free throws with 4.7 ticks remaining opened up a chance for Oklahoma City to steal the win at the end.
Jason Kidd had 11 points and 11 assists, while Josh Howard also had 11 points in the win, Dallas' first in its last three contests at American Airlines Center.
Kevin Durant scored 30 points and grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds for the Thunder, who have not won a game in Dallas since December 9, 2004. Russell Westbrook added 18 points and six assists, while Jeff Green and James Harden each had 11 points in defeat.
"We're close, but we just need to continue to keep battling and getting better," said Thunder head coach Scott Brooks. "We had some stretches there in the early fourth quarter that wasn't good basketball, but you can't play perfect basketball. But our effort has been perfect and I'm proud of them."
Nick Collison recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City.
Durant made 2-of-3 free throws to tie the game at 93 with 1:05 left, but Nowitzki took over from there.
On Dallas' next possession, its superstar hit a high-arching shot from the baseline with 49.9 ticks on the clock, and he hit a pair of free throws following an empty Thunder possession for a 97-93 edge with 30.6 seconds left.
Durant, though, responded with a driving layup that turned into a three-point play 2.5 seconds later, but Nowitzki came back down the court, bled the clock down to 6.4 seconds and rose up just beyond the free throw line and drained a jumper over Green for a 99-96 lead.
Durant was fouled at the other end and made two free throws with six seconds left to pull to within one, and Terry missed both of his attempts with 4.7 ticks left to keep it a one-point game. Nenad Krstic tried a quick outlet pass, as the Thunder were out of timeouts, but Erick Dampier got a piece of the original pass; by the time Westbrook got the ball, he was forced to shoot a desperation three from half-court that didn't come close to falling.
"We took the foul on the three, which we thought was the right thing to do," said Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle on the decision to foul Durant as opposed to let him shoot a potential game-tying three-pointer. "That worked out. It's another one-possession game where we come out with a 'W'. It's a big plus."
Durant had 10 points in the first quarter, and the Thunder stormed out to a 28-19 lead heading into the second.
Oklahoma City was able to hold Dallas at bay in a back-and-forth second quarter, leading the entire way to take a 55-48 advantage into halftime.
The Thunder maintained a slight edge until a 16-5 run by Dallas at the end the third. Nowitzki had seven points during the burst, and a Shawn Marion basket provided a 74-69 lead with 15 seconds remaining. Eric Maynor added a 15-footer for Oklahoma City to account for the 74-71 score heading to the fourth.
A 9-0 Thunder run at the beginning of the fourth gave the visitors an 80-76 edge with nine minutes left, but Dallas quickly erased that lead and moved in front, 93-91, on a Terry jumper with two minutes to go.
The Thunder have lost two in a row after winning 8-of-10...The win gives Dallas the edge in the all-time series with the Thunder/Sonics franchise, 62-61...Dallas is 13-7 at home, while Oklahoma City is 10-9 on the road...The Mavs made a season-high 33 free throws on a season-high 39 attempts...Durant went 14-of-16 from the free throw line.
01/16 00:22:03 ET