Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points during an off night for both of the game’s superstars, and the Dallas Mavericks built a huge lead early before hanging on for a 93-87 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder to take a 2-1 lead.
Zach Randolph had 21 points and a franchise-record 21 rebounds, and the Grizzlies rallied from a 16-point deficit to stun the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-93 in overtime Saturday and grab a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal.
Kevin Durant scored 27 points before taking the fourth quarter off and the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled past the error-prone New Jersey Nets 114-93 on Wednesday night.
Playing without the NBA’s leading scorer, the Oklahoma City Thunder needed three overtimes to defeat the lowly New Jersey Nets earlier this month. They seemingly shouldn’t have as much trouble in a rematch with Kevin Durant healthy.
Amare Stoudemire scored 23 points, Wilson Chandler added 21, and the New York Knicks beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-98 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
It didn’t take long for the New York Knicks to go from surging to struggling. Their struggles might not be about to end.
Russell Westbrook capped a 38-point, 15-rebound, nine-assist performance by scoring all of Oklahoma City’s 13 points in the third overtime, and the Thunder defeated the Nets 123-120 on Wednesday.