It was a Dirk-a-licious night for the Dallas Mavericks as the big German scored 48 points on 12-15 from the floor and an NBA record 24-24 from the line. J.J. Barea also stood out adding 21 points in only 16 minutes.
While OKC took a 7 point lead to the 2nd quarter the Mavericks overtook them near the end of the half and never looked back. Dallas showed no rust after their nine day break between series.
For all the flow and scoring of the first half, the 3rd quarter slowed as if the teams played in a sludge pit. Foul after foul was called and both teams went to the line for 20+ free throws.
And while the Mavericks stretched the lead to 16, the Thunder refused to fold and closed to 5 near the end before Dallas sealed the victory.
Dallas remains undefeated at home.