Rapid Reaction: Thunder 117, Mavs 114 (OT)

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Rapid Reaction: Thunder 117, Mavs 114 (OT)
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It took a career-high 52 points from Kevin Durant to defeat the Dallas Mavericks. Durant dominated the overtime period, scoring nine points on 3-of-4 shooting. That included a couple of clutch, Dirk Nowitzki-knockoff, one-legged jumpers, the second of which gave the Thunder the lead for good. The Mavs made a remarkable comeback to survive regulation after trailing by as many as 14 points and entering the fourth quarter facing a nine-point deficit. Nowitzki and Elton Brand, who were ineffective offensively through three quarters, put the Mavs on their backs, combining to score 22 points in the fourth quarter. O.J. Mayo sent the game into overtime by drilling a heavily contested 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds remaining in regulation.

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