Dirk Nowitzki is on a one-man mission in Dallas as his Mavericks host the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Nowitzki has been unstoppable on the offensive end thus far, scoring 38 points while taking advantage of every matchup Oklahoma City head coach Scott Brooks throws at him. Nowitzki has connected on 10 of 12 shots from the field and all 18 of his free throw attempts while looking like a force to be reckoned with.
Through three quarters, Nowitzki has drawn 12 fouls, including two in about 15 seconds on Durant at one point. Nowitzki scored 17 points in the third quarter alone, including 13 points from the charity stripe. To call his performance efficient and dominant would be a gross understatement at this point.
For the Thunder, it’s the same story as usual. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have shouldered the offensive load, but the rest of the team is lagging well-behind. Durant has a team-high 27 points, with Westbrook adding 14 points to the mix. But Westbrook’s been making his money at the free throw line, and has only connected on two of 13 shots from the field thus far. No other player is in double-figures for the Thunder.
After three quarters, the Dirk Nowtizki experience has the Mavs in front of the Thunder, 90-79.