Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was denied his 500th career win by Oklahoma City Monday night when the Thunder dominated the Mavericks by a score of 112-91.
Although the Mavericks (20-28) took Oklahoma City (36-12) into overtime in their last two meetings, Monday night’s game had a much different tone. The Mavericks struggled to keep up with the Thunder, barely staying within a 20-point range throughout the entire game.
The Dallas Mavericks lost because of the amount of turnovers they committed in the game (14) and the low shooting accuracy from the players (41%). The Mavericks were also at a disadvantage with Vince Carter out sick for the game.
OKC, proved to be unstoppable with players Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, and Kevin Martin leading the way. Westbrook lead the team in scoring with 24 points, while Durant followed with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Martin scored 17 points.
Dallas really only had one player who continued to make it to the hoop: Shawn Marion. Marion ended the game with 23 points for the Mavericks, while Dominique Jones followed with 15 points. Jones received extended playing time this game, and he responded by playing aggressively to be one of the top scorers for the Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki also made an appearance on the court after missing the last two games; he scored 10 points for the Mavericks.
OKC took control of the game from the very beginning. The 1st half ended with the Thunder having a 24-point lead over the Mavericks, who were unable to even score a single three pointer in the first half.
The Mavericks ended the game with only three 3-point shots coming from Shawn Marion, Jae Crowder, and Rodrigue Beaubois.
O.J. Mayo struggled with his 3-point game against the Thunder going 0-4 in all his 3-point shot attempts. As a team, the Dallas Mavericks converted a mere 19% of their 3-point attempts in Monday’s game. Although, Mayo did receive the highest number of assists (6) in the game.
OKC had no problem in their 3-point game trumping Dallas 19% accuracy with 40% accuracy on their 3-pointers. Martin went 3-5 on his 3-pointers, while Durant went 2-2 and Reggie Jackson went 2-5.
The one thing that did go the Mavericks way was their free throw game. Dallas was 80% in their free throws (16-20). Marion, Nowitzki, and Crowder all ended the game with 100% accuracy on their free throws.
Defensively for Dallas, Bernard James provided four blocks against the Thunder, having the most blocks in the game.
OKC rested its starters in the fourth quarter to give Daniel Orton and Perry Jones III some playing time.
Now with this win against the Dallas Mavericks, OKC is 21-3 at home.
The Thunder will now face Golden State on Wednesday at home, while the Dallas Mavericks will play Portland at home Wednesday.