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Nowitzki's 48 leads Mavs past Thunder in Game 1

 Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle gestures from the sideline during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals again...
 Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant yells after scoring during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals agains...
 Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) dribbles against Dallas Mavericks forward Peja Stojakovic (16) during the first half of Game 1 of t...
 Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka shoots against Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41)during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basket...
 Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) scores in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) and center Kendrick Perkins during the f...
 Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry celebrates during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Oklahoma Ci...
 Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook reacts during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conferenc...
 Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41)gets his hand on a shot by Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the first half of Game 1 o...
 Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka dunks during the first half of  Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Dallas M...
 Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) of Germany dunks in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) during the half of  Game 1 o...
 Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook shoots as Dallas Mavericks' DeShawn Stevenson defends during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball...
 Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry (31) shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden (13) as Kendrick Perkins looks on during the first half ...
 Dallas Mavericks guard Jose Juan Barea (11) reacts to a call against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first half of Game 1 ...
 Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden (13) hits Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) on the head during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA...

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Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle gestures from the sideline during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals again...

Thunder Mavericks Basketball

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant yells after scoring during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals agains...

Thunder Mavericks Basketball

Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) dribbles against Dallas Mavericks forward Peja Stojakovic (16) during the first half of Game 1 of t...

Thunder Mavericks Basketball

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka shoots against Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41)during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basket...

Thunder Mavericks Basketball

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) scores in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) and center Kendrick Perkins during the f...

Thunder Mavericks Basketball

Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry celebrates during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Oklahoma Ci...

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Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook reacts during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conferenc...

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Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41)gets his hand on a shot by Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the first half of Game 1 o...

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka dunks during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Dallas M...

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Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) of Germany dunks in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) during the half of Game 1 o...

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Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook shoots as Dallas Mavericks' DeShawn Stevenson defends during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball...

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Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry (31) shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden (13) as Kendrick Perkins looks on during the first half ...

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Dallas Mavericks guard Jose Juan Barea (11) reacts to a call against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first half of Game 1 ...

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden (13) hits Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) on the head during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA...

Dirk Nowitzki made 10 of his first 11 shots and an NBA playoff-record 24 straight free throws on the way to 48 points as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-112 in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday.
Jason Terry scored 24 points and J.J. Barea added 21 points as the Mavericks picked up where they left off in a sweep of the Lakers nine days before. They broke open a tight game with a 13-0 run late in the second quarter and never trailed again, stretching their franchise-record postseason winning streak to seven games.
Game 2 is Thursday in Dallas, where the Mavs are unbeaten from six games this postseason.
The Thunder _ fresh off a seven-game series against Memphis that included a total of four overtimes _ led by nine early in the second quarter, then went 6:28 between baskets. They missed 10 shots during that drought and were down by 11 when it ended. They eventually trailed by 16 before clawing within five points with 3:42 left, and six with 48.5 seconds to play.
Kevin Durant followed his 39 points in Game 7 of the previous round by scoring 40, one shy of his most ever in a playoff game. While Nowitzki dominated, Durant's scoring binge merely helped his team stay close.
Russell Westbrook went from a triple-double in his last game to 20 points, three assists and three rebounds. He missed 12 of his 15 shots, including 10 of his first 11. Despite his poor aim, he had taken more shots than Durant at one point late in the third quarter, fueling the critics who say he's too much of a scorer and not enough of a distributor.
The Thunder's big problem, though, was Nowitzki.
Six players tried stopping him, and the big German either shot over them or put them in foul trouble. He made 13 free throws in the third quarter alone. And when Oklahoma City sent a second defender at him, Nowitzki usually passed to the teammate left open.
Nowitzki finished 12 of 15 from the field and a perfect 24 of 24 at the line. He was two points shy of his most ever in a playoff game. He also had six rebounds, four assists and four blocks.


Updated : 2021-04-24 02:19 GMT+08:00