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Mavericks vs. Thunder game recap: Dallas falls 88-76 on poor shooting night

A 37 percent shooting night put the Mavericks behind by 13 at halftime, leading to the preseason loss.


The Dallas Mavericks fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 88-76, in NBA preseason action on Wednesday night.

Overall, the Mavericks shot just 37 percent from the field and fell behind 53-40 by halftime. Rookie forward Jae Crowder led the Mavericks in scoring with 21 points on 10-of-19 shooting, while also pulling down nine rebounds. Crowder comes to Dallas after being the Big East Player of the Year.

The only other Dallas player in double figures was Brandan Wright, the fourth-year pro. He contributed 11 points in 18 minutes of play off the bench. New Mavericks O.J. Mayo and Elton Brand chipped in nine and eight points each.

Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 18 points while adding seven rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes of play. James Harden added 16 points and five assists off the bench, while Serge Ibaka posted 15 points and seven rebounds in just 22 minutes.

The Mavericks fell to 3-4 with the loss, and will finish the preseason on Fri., Oct. 26 at home against the Charlotte Bobcats.

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Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.