Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks 1/18/13: Video Highlights and Recap
The Thunder started with force as they closed the first quarter on a 16-4 run to take a 30-22 lead. They held their lead comfortably for most of the game but struggled to put the Mavericks away.
The Thunder lead 53-46 at halftime and 81-72 at the end of the third quarter before the Mavericks closed the gap in the fourth quarter.
The Mavericks started the fourth quarter well and completed their comeback as Dirk Nowitzki hit a three-pointer to give them a 92-89 lead with 6:18 left in the game. The teams traded punches down the stretch with Kevin Durant pouring in free throws and O.J. Mayo hitting the overtime-forcing three-pointer with 2.3 seconds left on the clock.
It was a cold shooting night for Nowitzki, as he finished 5-of-19 shooting. While he struggled early on, Nowitzki made big shots down the stretch to help give the Mavericks a chance.
Vince Carter poured in the performance of the night for the Mavericks. He scored 29 points off the bench to keep the Mavericks within striking distance throughout the game.
Player of the Game: Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Durant finished the game with a career-high 52 points on 13-of-31 shooting. He was perfect from the free-throw line, going 21-of-21.
Durant didn't shoot the ball well early in the game but started heating up down the stretch as he repeatedly went to the free-throw line. Durant went nuts in the fourth quarter and overtime as he hit tough shot after tough shot.
Up Next for Thunder
The Thunder continue their four-game road trip as they travel to play the Denver Nuggets on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. The Thunder beat the Nuggets 117-97 on Jan. 16 as Russell Westbrook gave the defense fits.
Up Next for Mavericks
The Mavericks go on the road to play the Orlando Magic on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET. The Magic have a 14-25 record on the season, going 8-13 at home.
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