The Dallas Mavericks pulled off a comeback for the ages and stunned the Oklahoma City Thunder in overtime, 112-105, in game four of the NBA playoffs.
With five minutes left in regulation and 15 points down, it looked like game 4 was a loss for Dallas. But, don’t count Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks out of a rally. The Mavericks went on a 17-2 run, led by 12 points from Nowitzki.
The young Thunder melted as Nowitzki and Kidd partnered for a combined 57 points. Jason Terry also added 20 points. The Thunder had 35 turnovers and was 1-for-9 from the field and 0-for-2 at the free throw line in the last five minutes. During the same time, Dallas was 4-for-5 and 6-for-8 at the free throw line.
“It was all about getting stops at the end. This team has been a resourceful group and extremely opportunistic. The way they hung in there was fantastic,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said about his team’s comeback win.
Dallas has now won nine of its last 10 playoff games and Oklahoma City lost back-to-back home games for the first time this season.
The Dallas Mavericks once again fought back to a 100-96 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder to take the series, 4-1, and the Western Conference Championship.
Dirk Nowitzki hit a clutch three-pointer and free throws to put the dagger in the Thunder’s season. Nowitzki and Shawn Marion each scored 26 points and shared the spotlight in the fourth quarter. Nowitzki had nine and Marion had 15 in the final quarter.
J.J. Barea was a spitfire, adding 14, Jason Terry scored 12 and Jason Kidd had 10 assists and seven rebounds.
This is the first Western Conference Championship win in Dallas and the Mavs fans enjoyed the on-court celebration following the victory. As Mark Cuban hoisted the trophy, “Beat the Heat” chants began filling the American Airlines Center.
“All I can tell everybody is, we ain’t done yet,” Cuban said.
The Mavericks’ experience proved to be too much for a young Thunder team, as the Mavericks earned the win and at least six days of rest before the Finals.
Dirk Nowitzki averaged 32.2 points this series and 11.8 in the fourth quarters. He has had two 40-point games and was the focal point in both game 4 and game 5 rallies.
The NBA Finals are scheduled to begin June 2 against the Miami Heat. Game one is in Miami at 8 p.m. (CST) Tuesday.