The second-place Oklahoma City Thunder got back in the win column with a 112-91 dismantling of the visiting Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.
It wasn’t an emphatic and dominant performance by Kevin Durant, who scored 52 points in these two teams’ last meeting, but it was a team beatdown in which everyone contributed.
Russell Westbrook led all scorers with 24 points, but it was Durant who chipped in a double-double, scoring 19 points and hauling in 10 rebounds for the home team.
The Thunder were reeling after a shocking 115-110 defeat at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night in Cleveland.
At halftime, three Thunder players were in double figures as Westbrook had 17, Durant had 15 and Kevin Martin contributed 11 points off of the bench.
After three quarters, Oklahoma City had a commanding 92-67 advantage and kicked it into cruise control in the fourth. The final margin of victory is wide but truly isn’t indicative of how badly the Mavs were outplayed in this one.
Player of the Game: Russell Westbrook, G, Oklahoma City
Durant usually steals the show, but on this night his sidekick stepped up to the plate and really balled out. Westbrook dropped 24 points, a game high, and also dished seven assists while snagging three steals and three rebounds. He was active all over the court and was a big catalyst of the team’s first-half explosion that put this game out of reach early on.
Up Next for Mavericks
Dallas will head back home to the American Airlines Center and await the Portland Trail Blazers, who will challenge them on Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m. ET. The Trail Blazers got the better of the Mavs in Portland back on Jan. 29 by a narrow 106-104 margin.
Up Next for Thunder
The Thunder will stay at the Chesapeake Energy Arena and await the Golden State Warriors, who will visit on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET. Oklahoma City visited the Warriors back on Jan. 23 and dropped a disappointing 104-99 contest.
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