NBA Playoffs: Durant Lifts OKC Thunder to Victory Over Dallas Mavericks, 99-98By Alex Jusi Madlangbayan on Apr 29, 2012 in Basketball, Sports •
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The Oklahoma City Thunder narrowly escaped with a 99-98 victory over the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks in the first game of their first round series of the 2012 NBA Playoffs on Saturday, April 28, 2012, according to a report at NBA.com. The match-up between the Thunder and Mavericks is a rematch of the 2011 Western Conference finals.
Kevin Durant hit the winning basket for the Thunder with 1.5 seconds left in the game. He took the shot over the outstretched arms of two Mavericks players. Durant finished the game with 25 points.
Russel Westbrook led the Thunder offense with 28 points. Serge Ibaka added 22 points and five blocks for OKC. James Harden, playing in his first game after being elbowed by LA Lakers‘ Metta World Peace, scored 19 points.
OKC played catch-up most of the game against Dallas. The Thunder trailed by seven points with 2 1/2 minutes left in the game before Westbrook, Ibaka and Durant joined hands to snatched the win over the Mavs. Dallas led by as much as eight on several occasions while Oklahoma City never led by more than four points.
The defending NBA champion Mavericks was led by Dirk Nowitzki who scored 11 of his 25 points in the final 5 minutes. Sixth man Jason Terry added 20 points and Shawn Marion had 17 for Dallas.
Game two of the first round series between OKC and Dallas is scheduled on Monday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK.
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