Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points but the Dallas Mavericks fell on the road 95-91 to the Oklahoma City Thunder. After building a halftime lead, the Mavericks saw the Thunder come roaring back with a big third quarter.
Dallas led 91-90 before two Serge Ibaka free throws put the Thunder back in front in the game's final two minutes.
From there, the Mavericks struggled to get a good look at the basket.
First Jason Terry forced up a wild fade away shot that was blocked by Kendrick Perkins, resulting in a shot clock violation with just 22 seconds remaining. After a Durant free throw made the score 93-91, Terry missed a jumper on a broken play, as he fired a pass to a surprised Jason Kidd, who immediately threw it back.
Nowitzki's 27 were a game-high and came on 10-22 shooting, but he didn't get a shot during the last two Dallas possessions.
Jason Terry added 18 points off the bench while Ian Mahinmi pitched in 13. Shawn Marion had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 24 points, six rebounds and three assists. Kevin Durant added 22 points while James Harden pitched in 16 off the bench.
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