Oklahoma City still has far more talent than Dallas, and I would be surprised if the series lasted 6 total games (although, it is far more likely than it was only 24 hours ago).
The old Kevin Durant is back.
Thunder guard Andre Roberson opened the game by draining a 3-pointer, and Oklahoma City never trailed.
Durant had nine points after the first quarter, 20 by halftime, 31 after three. The Thunder took the ball the length of the court and Durant missed a layup.
Kevin Durant’s 7-of-33 shooting performance in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Game 2 loss to the Dallas Mavericks was the sort of night that stood out as an outlier as soon as the final buzzer sounded.
Ian Desmond’s first homer of the season was good for three runs and A.J. Griffin outpitched 2015 American League Cy Young victor Dallas Keuchel as the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 7-4 on Thursday night…
“We need to play with more grit. I was just so anxious to go out there and try to help my team win and give them a better effort on both ends”.
Carlisle also brought up other overt physical play by the Thunder which he noted led to Game 3, which the Thunder won 131-102, getting chippy at times. They are still the team dealing with injuries to key players and struggle to find a way to get Zach Randolph involved. “I just made shots”.
Felton scored 21 points and made the tie-breaking shot with 39 seconds left, lifting Dallas to an 85-84 victory over the Thunder in Game 2 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Durant, who played one season for the Texas Longhorns about 200 miles from the Dallas area, weathered a rough end to the first half.
Waiters was the bench MVP in the first quarter, but the second frame belonged to Enes Kanter.
Even worse for the Mavericks, Russell Westbrook was on fire early as well and had double-digit assists by the third quarter. He added seven rebounds and three assists. Dallas will host Game 4, before the shifting back to Oklahoma City. We’ve got to be ready for a quick start again, but our home will be rocking. The Thunder looked eager from the tip and returned to Game 1 form, besting the Mavericks in rebounds, assists, shooting and second chance points. After shooting a dismal 7-33 from the field in game two, No. 35 dropped 34 points. Locking up in not just crunch time, but for all 48 minutes, will be of utmost importance in Game 3.
Meanwhile, Dallas forward Charlie Villanueva would prefer Westbrook’s pregame dance routine with rookie Cameron Payne doesn’t happen again, or at least occurs somewhere else.