With the Mavericks down 90-83, Nowitzki hit back to back
3-pointers and was fouled on the second one for a four-point play that quickly
tied the game. Jason Terry, fighting a tough shooting night, then connected
from long range and the Mavericks had a lead that they never surrendered. The
Mavericks finished the game with a 28-13 kick to improve to 5-1 on the road.
Nowitzki was ably assisted by Tyson Chandler, who had 17
points and 18 rebounds.
Caron Butler (15 points) was largely responsible for keeping
the Mavericks within striking distance in the first half.
The Thunder was 5-of-13 early in the game, then hit four
consecutive shots, two each by Kevin Durant and Nenad Krstic. That was the
beginning of the end for the Mavericks’ defense, which had its worst half
of the season, giving up 51 percent shooting to the Thunder in the first two
Brendan Haywood’s free throws are becoming almost
comical. At one point in the first half, he was 1-of-3 from the line –
and his season percentage had gone up. He came into the game shooting 23.8
Haywood suffered a right thigh contusion in the second
period but returned in the second half.