Dirk Nowitzki scores a dead eye 40 and the Mavs defeat the Thunder 112-105. Dallas came back from 15 down with a little less than five minutes to go to put the Thunder on the brink and now lead the Western Conference Finals 3-1. Didn’t think OKC would lose this game at home…late but yeah…it really happened…
The main reason I picked both the Mavs and the Heat was because of Thunder and Bulls inexperience. Has nothing to do with talent but more about going through the rigors of NBA life game by playoff game by Finals game.
The Thunder haven’t. The Bulls haven’t. Players on the Heat have and so have those on the Mavs.
Dirk, in the eyes of many, has straight up choked in some instances and that MVP presentation was like a eulogy but now that the league has evolved and he’s the vet, these kids are shrinking to his measure.You gotta give him his props because he’s splashing big shot. Big shots. Never thought I’d say that but it’s real.
I tweeted prematurely when OKC went up by 15…
Then the Mavs went on a 17-2 (Dirk had 12) tear in the final 4:48 to shoot daggers into Zeus’ Thunder.
This was all after James Harden fouled out. Like I…and many others here and elsewhere have stated, he truly seems to be a key. Those of us who have played hoops know that a lefty is a difficult guard because his/her moves are like looking at yourself in a mirror…while holding a mirror. It’s mental and something you truly never get used to. Harden had a decent game with 7 points and 7 assists but it was more his impact on the jazz of the offense that was amiss as he strolled to the bench with foul number six.
Dirk was again…incredible. The one sequence where he spun both ways in the lane on Collison, up faked and shot a slippery jumper was so pretty. Nasty even. Yet and still…don’t get it twisted.
Kevin Durant facing Dirk is a great thing. He gets to see how it’s done the savvy way. Dirk isn’t the best athlete but his fade step back off one foot is like Barry Bonds’ timing mechanism and should be emulated by every kid picking up a rock…for it’s a weapon.
Durant had 29 and 15 but also had 9 turnovers. He shot 9-22. Westbrook shot 7-22 for 19 but did have 8 boards and 8 dimes. Both players took some bad shots late and the Durant shot that Marion blocked with 6.4 remaining was head shaking. Westbrook received the inbounds pass and immediately gave it to Durant (Here…take it man. No one wants me to shoot it). There didn’t see to be a killer purpose there by either one of the Thunder’s stars but this all will come with age. Durant and Westbrook have to learn from this just as Dirk and Kidd (17 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 4 steals). Kidd’s big three basically won the game. Jason Terry had 20 off the bench.
25 turnovers is not gonna get it down and just to show how much turnovers affect the game, the Thunder had a 55-33 rebounding edge…a whole game of Moses tapping the rock to himself and you still lose.
Game 5 Wednesday, 9 pm EST ESPN.
|C. Brewer||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|B. Cardinal||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|I. Mahinmi||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|R. Beaubois||DNP — INACTIVE|
|C. Butler||DNP — INACTIVE|
|D. Jones||DNP — INACTIVE|
|R. Ivey||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|N. Mohammed||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|N. Robinson||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|C. Aldrich||DNP — INACTIVE|
|B. Mullens||DNP — INACTIVE|
|R. Vaden||DNP — INACTIVE|
Officials: Dan Crawford, Tony Brothers, Ken Mauer
Time of Game: 3:02
- T. Chandler (6:07 – 3rd Qtr)
- Team (11:11 – 4th Qtr)