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Late Surge Helps Mavs Topple Thunder in OT


Last night, we witnessed one of the most exciting games in this year’s NBA Playoffs. Many thought it was necessary for the Thunder to tie up the series going back to Big D. On the other hand, the Mavs thought they needed to win and go up 3-1 in the series.

As I went upstairs to watch the game, I wondered if the Thunder could tie up the series. They definitely could if Durant and Westbrook play their usual way and if the team played good defense. Just as I turned on ESPN, I saw Russell

Westbrook Helped the Thunder Get a 16-8 Lead over the Mavs Early in Game 4

Westbrook intercept a pass from Nowitzki, take it down the court and finish with a dunk. The bottom of the screen read: Mavericks 2, Thunder 10. It was only the first 3 minutes of the game! At that rate, the Thunder would have scored 160 points by the end of the game! Obviously, they did not score 160 points; that would be ridiculous. A few minutes after that, the score was 16-8 in favor of the Thunder. They hit their first 9 shots from the field. During that span, Kevin Durant hit 5 of his first 5.

Dirk Sent his Team into OT with his Clutch Free Throws with 0:06 Left in the Game

During the 1st half, it seemed like the Mavs had a hard time getting their offense going. Their passing was hideous and their shots were simply not falling. Additionally, they weren’t able to stop the Thunder on defense. They basically got whatever they wanted on that side of the court. The score at the end of the 1st half: Thunder on top 59-54. Considering they were once up 10-2, I thought they’d have at least a 10 point lead going into the half.

In the 3rd quarter, the lead stayed pretty stable and by the end, the Thunder were winning by 4. Then, the real magic happened. The Thunder took control of the game, extending their lead to 15 points with 5:07 left in regulation. The Mavs aren’t coming back from that, right? WRONG. The Mavs started a rally, which took them to a score of 101-99 with 0:06 left to play. Dirk was at the free throw line. Can he make both shots to put them in overtime, potentially giving them a second chance? Of course. Being the clutch player he is, Dirk hit both shots, sending them to OT. The Mavs only needed one OT to win the game. Final score: 112-105 Mavericks on top. Game 5 is scheduled for Wednesday in Dallas.

Recap of stats:

(Mavericks)

Dirk Nowitzki: 40 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists.

Jason Terry: 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals.

Jason Kidd: 17 points, 7 assists, 4 steals.

(Thunder)

Kevin Durant: 29 points, 15 rebounds, 9 turnovers.

Russell Westbrook: 19 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists.

Serge Ibaka: 18 points, 10 rebounds, 5 blocks.

(Credit goes to ESPN for the stats.)

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Mavericks Take 2-1 Series Lead Over the Thunder


Most people would say that the best offense is a great defense. This is very apparent in the game of basketball, although it applies to football as well. Blocking shot or picking up steals can lead to many transition/fast break baskets, while grabbing an INT or a fumble can lead to a return TD, or at least good field position. Because of this, many NBA and NFL coaches stress the importance of defensive teamwork and execution.

In Game 2, it seemed the Mavericks weren’t ready to combat the speed and quickness of the Thunder. They couldn’t drive to the basket, and were forced to take difficult jumpshots. Dirk said they would work out the kicks so that on Saturday they would be ready to take on the Thunder. As I was watching the pre-game show, I wondered, “Would the Mavs play better team defense to combat the Thunder’s, or would they get beat down the court every time the Thunder drove to the hoop?” I was hoping for an exciting, back and forth battle between two different animals, each unique in their own special way. Let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed.

Dirk (coming off his 48-point and 29-point performances in Games 1 & 2) was terrible. Absolutely terrible (for his caliber at least). He scored 18 points on 7-21 shooting (33%) and 1 out of 6 3-pointers. Jason Kidd scored 13 on 4-10 shooting, while dishing 8 dimes and collecting a startling 4 steals. Kevin Durant (OKC) scored 24 points, while PG Russell Westbrook mustered out a team-high 30 points. Many people questioned his talent after he was benched for the whole 4th quarter in Game 2.

The real surprise of the game was Shawn Marion, who scored 18 points on 9-13 shooting (69%), grabbed 4 rebounds, collected 2 steals, and blocked 4 shots. The final score: Mavs on top 93-87. Game 4 is scheduled for Monday at Oklahoma City Arena.

Marion Was the Surprise In the Mavs Game 3 93-87 Victory Over the Thunder

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NBA Western Conference Finals: Game 2


In Game 1 of the Conference Finals, Dirk Nowitzki had an amazing game with 48 points on just 15 shot attempt. Obviously, nobody expects him to repeat that performance

Harden Dropped 23 Leading to a Thunder Win Thursday

anytime soon. Only His Airness can do that. Game 2 was played in Dallas last night. James Harden had a big night off the bench with 23 points, and all Kevin Durant needed was 24 points. It’s much better if your superstar can kick back a bit and not have to worry about scoring 35 points, because his “supporting cast” scored lots of points. D-Rose had an off night; he couldn’t finish at the rim. He always finds a way to finish, but he was off in this game. And it seemed like the Mavs defensive intensity decreased in this game. They weren’t as aggressive as they normally are, and they weren’t getting the blocks and steals. Most people expected the Mavs to be much better in Game 2. However, they were sloppy and their shots weren’t falling. All this led to a 106-100 victory for the Thunder. Game 3 is scheduled for Saturday night at the Oklahoma City Arena.

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NBA Western Conference Finals, Game 1


In the Western Conference Semis. against the Grizzlies, the Oklahoma City Thunder had a hard time keeping up with the Grizzlies’ combo of Z-Bo and Marc Gasol. After 3 games, the Thunder were down 2-1. It was an exciting series that included lots of back and forth

Dirk turned in a spectacular performance Tuesday

action. However, in the end, it came down to one game: Game 7. All their hard work was put into one game; will they go on to face the Mavs, or will they go home to OKC? The Thunder defeated the Grizzlies in Game 7 105-90, with Kevin Durant dropping 39 points and grabbing 9 rebounds. In Game 7, Z-Bo had 17 points with 10 rebounds. Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals was set: May 17, 2011 9:00 pm (Eastern Time), pitting the OKC Thunder against the Dallas Mavericks. That game did not disappoint. There were many lead changes and exciting shots. The Thunder had no answer for Dirk Nowitzki, who dropped 48 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and collected 4 dimes. Durant also turned in a great performance, scoring 40 points, grabbing 8 rebounds, and dishing 5 assists. Final score: Mavs on top, 121-112. Game 2 is scheduled for Thursday night, 9 pm (Eastern Time).

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