OKLAHOMA CITY —
“Vince was hot tonight,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.
“We rode him in the third and fourth quarters. His shot making probably put the game away for us. He’s one of those guys that has the rare ability to rise up over people from deep, and hit two or three big ones.”
Shawn Marion paced the Mavs with 19 points. Carter came off the bench to score 18 points while Nowitzki added 17 on 6-of-12 shooting.
Jose Calderon had 16 points and seven assists.
Durant led all scorers with 30 points on 8-for-20 shooting. It was his 31st straight game of scoring at least 25 points.
Serge Ibaka added 19 points and six rebounds for the Thunder. Reggie Jackson, who started in Westbrook’s place, had 13 points and three assists.
Dallas came out firing from behind the arc in the first period. Led by Calderon, the Mavericks were 4-of-8 from 3-point range as they took a 29-23 lead.
After falling behind by 10, Durant and Ibaka picked up the scoring for the Thunder. They closed the deficit to 50-46 before Marion led Mavs on a 9-2 run to end the half.
“It seemed like we wasn’t there,” Durant said. “We were just coasting.
“There’s no excuse. You’ve got to figure it out. We’ve just got to do it. We’re pros.”
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