The Oklahoma City Thunder needed some misfires from a red-hot Dirk Nowitzki to hold on to a critical win over the reigning NBA champions. They got it, and topped the Dallas Mavericks 95-91 in Oklahoma City.
Nowitzki had 27 points to lead all scorers, and had a personal 9-0 run on three straight three-pointers to give the Mavs a 91-87 lead. But Nowitzki took and missed just one more shot, and both he and Dallas wouldn't score again, giving the Thunder an opening.
Neither Westbrook nor Durant had a particularly good night — they combined to shoot 12-for-38 from the field, with Westbrook scoring 24 points and Durant getting just 22.