Dirk Nowitzki is still playing well for the Dallas Mavericks, but thanks to some solid defense and fast break play from the Oklahoma City Thunder, they continue to lead after three quarters, with the score sitting at 81-77 with 12 minutes left to play. Turnovers are still an issue for both teams, but despite the fact that Oklahoma City did considerably worse than their opponents in that department in the third quarter, they were able to keep a lead.
Russell Westbrook's shooting performance has been average, but his all-around performance has been very good. He has six assists, six rebounds, and three steals, and he's cut down his turnovers since the first quarter. He's probably taking too many shots for Scott Brooks' liking, but he's playing great in all other departments.
The three big man rotating platoon of Kendrick Perkins, Nick Collison, and Serge Ibaka has been great so far, as they have combined for 12-19 shooting and 12 rebounds. As a team, the Thunder are out-rebounding the Mavs by a considerable margin, and that has been a big part of the difference between the two teams so far.