2011 NBA Playoffs: Oklahoma City Thunder Wins Game 2, Bench Keys Win vs. Mavs
2011 NBA Playoffs Result in a Tied Western Conference Series Between Thunder and Mavericks
If you were jumping aboard the Dirk Nowitzki bandwagon after his 48-point Game 1 performance, there's still time to change your mind.
From what I'm hearing, there's still room in Kevin Durant's backpack.
The young Oklahoma City Thunder showed a lot of maturity on the road against a veteran Dallas Mavericks squad on Thursday night as they took Game 2, 106-100.
Defense and strong play from their bench, was the reason the Thunder were able to stop the streaking Mavericks.
You have to hand it to Thunder coach Scotty Brooks for sticking with his bench in the fourth quarter and never blinking even when the Mavs were making a big run late in the fourth quarter. They may not have stopped Dirk Nowizki in the end but they slowed him down enough during the game to pull off the victory in the fourth quarter.
The heart, timely scoring and toughness that their bench showed inspired their team to earn a very important road win. Reserves James Harden, Eric Maynor, Nick Collison and Daquan Cook along with Kevin Durant were the reason the Thunder held strong.
Now as the series shifts back to Oklahoma City, the Thunder will be bringing with them a lot of momentum.
Tonight we learned, just because they're young doesn't mean it's time to count them out. This series is just starting and a lot more very good basketball games will be coming in the future.
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