Mavs upend Thunder 104-98


DALLAS (KNTU) The Mavs continued their winning form, emerging victorious in four of their last five games with a 104-89 romp over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, March 5.

With contributions from both veterans and younger players, Dallas was able to outscore the Thunder and keep superstar point guard Russell Westbrook contained.

Coming into the night on a four game streak of 40 points or more, Westbrook was poised for a big game. But Dallas put together a surprisingly stellar defensive performance and finished on the other end, shooting 49% from the field with four double digit scorers.

The Mavs were firing on all cylinders early and posted 60 points in the first two quarters to take a 10 point lead into halftime. While Dallas players hit their shots, Oklahoma City struggled. The Thunder finished the night 40% from the field, but shot just 9% from three point range, going 2-for-22.

Cutting their deficit to 15 with five minutes left in the game, Oklahoma City was setting up a late game comeback. However, Dallas continued to put on pressure with the help of Dirk Nowitzki and Seth Curry.

The Mavericks ended up pulling away late and secured a victory, thanks to a team-high 22 points from Seth Curry and 13 points from Nerlens Noel off the bench.

Nowitzki continued his trek toward scoring 30,000 points during his career by putting up 18 while also recording a double-double by grabbing a helpful 12 rebounds. The 38-year-old is now just 20 points away from the 30,000 milestone.

The Mavericks sit two games out of a playoff spot, with three of their last four wins coming against teams in playoff spots. The Mavs return to action Tuesday, March 7, when they host the Los Angeles Lakers.