Dallas beats OK City 85-84, ties series 1-1

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 9:20 AM

The residence fans were celebrating, streamers were falling onto the Ct and OK City appeared to have taken a 2-0 lead in its series against the Dallas Mavericks, despite a shaky overall performance.

Dallas beats OK City 85-84, ties series 1-1

The Thunder thought they'd stolen one.

The residence fans were celebrating, streamers were falling onto the Ct and OK City appeared to have taken a two-0 lead in its series against the Dallas Mavericks, despite a shaky overall performance.

In the end, Dallas escaped.

A putback at the buzzer by OK City'south Steven Adams that'd have won the game was disallowed upon review, and the Mavericks defeated the Thunder 85-84 on Monday night to even their Western Conference playoff series at one win apiece.

Dallas had been embarrassed 108-70 in the opener on Saturday, but the Mavericks bounced back and held OK City to thirty-three.seven % shooting on Monday.

"I'm very pleased of our guys and the way they responded after one of the most disappointing games in franchise history," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "It'south a grouping with a lot of pride, and obviously, a lot of resilience."

In the postgame news conference after the Game one loss, Carlisle defiantly stated that the loss wasn't significant, and that it was just one game. His team bought it, and, even goes residence for Thursday night'south Game three with a chance to get the lead in the series.

Raymond Felton had twenty-one points and eleven rebounds and Dirk Nowitzki added seventeen points for the Mavericks.

Deron Williams, declared doubtful on Sun with a left abdominal strain, scored thirteen points for Dallas, eleven in the game'south first five minutes.

"This wouldn't be possible if Deron Williams hadn't given it a shot," Carlisle said. "He got us off to a excellent solid start — actually better than a solid start, he got us off to a very good start."

Kevin Durant scored twenty-one points for OK City, but he made just seven of 33 shots in the worst postseason shooting performance, both by percentage and no of misses, of his career. Durant's twenty-six misses were the most he'south had in seven hundred-sixteenth career games, including the regular-season and playoffs.

"It was a horrible shooting night for me," Durant said. "It'south portion of it. I wish it didn't happen tonight, but it'south a portion of it. I got some grand looks all night and I just didn't knock them down. It was just one of those nights."

The Mavericks said they did a excellent work of being physical with Durant and disrupting his rhythm.

Dallas led 85-84 with 7.one seconds left when Felton missed two free throws. Durant got the rebound of the second, but his shot to attempt to win the game was blocked by Justin Anderson. Russell Westbrook rebounded and missed, then Adams rebounded Westbrook'south miss and made a basket, but the ball was in his hand as time expired.

Westbrook finished with nineteen points and fourteen rebounds and Serge Ibaka added twelve points for the Thunder.

Dallas led 69-68 before the Thunder went on an 8-0 run, highlighted by a dunk by Durant and a 3-pointer by Ibaka, to get a 76-69 lead.

Felton'south layup with 28.7 seconds left keep the Mavericks up 83-81. After Durant missed a brief jumper and a 3-pointer, Wesley Matthews made a transition layup to thrust the lead to four with fourteen.4 seconds remaining.

Durant came back with a 3-pointer to trim Dallas' lead to 85-84 with 9.five seconds to play, setting up the frantic finish.

"Look, Game one of a playoff series, you're going to obtain hit with a haymaker at the beginning, and they're a grand first-quarter team," Carlisle said. "We just didn't recover from that haymaker in Game 1. In Game 2, we did a much better job. Our disposition was stronger, our posture was grand and we were very together."

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QUOTABLE

Felton on the missed free throws: "I'm still sick. Even though we got the win, I'm still sick. I don't miss free throws love that, when they arrive down the clutch. When we obtain in the gym, I'll take five hundred free throws if I necessity to before the next game."

STAT LINES

Westbrook'south 14 rebounds were a career playoff high. It was the seventh time in sixty-fifth career playoff games that he'd at least ten rebounds.

DANCE INTERRUPTED

Dallas' Charlie Villanueva and Anderson interrupted Westbrook'south pregame dance routine with Cam Payne. Villanueva stood between the two, and Westbrook shoved him and continued to dance. Anderson stepped behind Westbrook, who nudged him out of the way with his elbow.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: G J. J. Barea (right groin strain) and Fahrenheit David Lee (right plantar fascia injury) did not play... Dallas shot 55.6 % in the first quarter... Nowitzki'south jumper rattled in with 2.8 seconds left in the first half to give the Mavericks a 45-43 lead.

Thunder: Celsius Nazr Mohammed (right calf strain) sat out... Fahrenheit Mitch McGary (undisclosed personal reasons) wasn't with the team. He hasn't played for the Thunder since March 18... OK City made 5 of sixteen 3-point attempts in the first half and 7 of thirty-two overall.

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