Dallas Mavericks

Westbrook, OKC shock Mavericks with game-ending 14-0 run

Russell Westbrook showed why he is one of the two players favored to win this year’s MVP award.

With the Dallas Mavericks seemingly on their way to a victory, Westbrook stepped up and simply took over Monday’s game. The nine-year veteran popped in a game-winning 16-footer with just 7.2 seconds left as Oklahoma City scored the game’s final 14 points and shocked the Mavs 92-91 before 19,970 at American Airlines Center.

The Mavs finished their four-game homestand at 1-3 and dropped to 31-42 heading into a five-game road trip that starts Wednesday in New Orleans. The loss also guaranteed the Mavs’ first losing season under owner Mark Cuban, who purchased the franchise from Ross Perot Jr. on Jan. 4, 2000.

On Monday, it appeared as though Westbrook owned the Mavs as he registered his 37th triple-double of the season. Westbrook finished with 37 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

Westbrook scored 12 of the Thunder’s points during the ending 14-0 run.

“As far as the rebounding goes, Westbrook is just one of these super athletic guys that really pursues the ball,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “When he puts his mind to it he can pretty much do anything on the basketball court.”

The Mavs led 91-78 after Yogi Ferrell buried a 3-pointer with 3:31 remaining. From there, the Mavs couldn’t locate the basket while Westbrook went wild.

The Thunder (42-31) did get a huge break in the comeback when video replays showed Westbrook clearly carried the ball near the top of the key but was not whistled for a violation.

So instead of the Mavs having the ball and a 91-83 lead with under two minutes remaining, Steven Adams tipped in a missed shot to get OKC within 91-85.

Following a miss by Harrison Barnes, Westbrook completed a three-point play to get the Thunder within 91-88 with 1:26 left. Taj Gibson then blocked a jumper by J.J. Barea, and Westbrook marched down the floor and banked in a shot from the left side.

Barnes missed another shot, and Barea rebounded a missed jumper by Westbrook. But Barea got trapped and called timeout.

But the Mavs had troubled getting the ball inbounds, and it caromed off Barea’s fingertips, giving OKC possession with 12.8 seconds remaining. That was more than enough time for Westbrook to work the clock and bury a jumper over the outstretched arms of Wesley Matthews.

The Mavs led 50-35 at the half after holding OKC to just 10 points in the second quarter. It was the lowest-scoring quarter of the season for the Thunder and the fewest points the Mavs have allowed in the second quarter all season.

OKC converted just 3 of 15 shots and committed nine turnovers in the period.

The Thunder rallied to get within 56-55 midway through the third quarter. But the Mavs kicked into high gear behind Ferrell, who scored 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter.

Nerlens Noel (15 points, eight rebounds) and Matthews (15 points) led the Mavs, Devin Harris scored 12 points, Barea and Barnes each had 10, and Dirk Nowitzki had eight points on 3-of-9 shooting.

Dwain Price: 817-390-7760, @dwainprice

Oklahoma City

25

10

22

35

92

Dallas

26

24

19

22

91

OKC

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

A

F

Pt

Gibson

24:12

6-10

1-1

6

1

2

13

Adams

29:09

4-6

0-0

6

1

3

8

Oladipo

36:47

6-15

0-0

9

2

3

15

Roberson

35:55

1-5

0-0

3

2

3

2

Westbrook

36:21

15-30

5-5

13

10

0

37

Christon

20:02

0-5

2-2

3

1

2

2

Kanter

17:15

2-6

2-4

2

0

4

6

Grant

14:35

1-3

2-2

1

0

0

4

McDermott

12:42

2-3

0-0

2

0

1

5

Abrines

6:51

0-2

0-0

2

0

2

0

Collison

6:11

0-0

0-0

1

0

1

0

Totals

240

37-85

12-14

48

17

21

92

Percentages: FG .435, FT .857. 3-Point Goals: 6-23, .261 (Oladipo 3-6, Westbrook 2-9, McDermott 1-2, Abrines 0-1, Christon 0-1, Grant 0-2, Roberson 0-2). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 17 (17 PTS). Blocked Shots: 7 (Adams 2, Grant 2, Gibson, Oladipo, Roberson). Turnovers: 17 (Westbrook 6, Adams 3, Kanter 3, Oladipo 2, Abrines, Christon, Gibson). Steals: 10 (Roberson 3, Adams 2, Westbrook 2, Collison, McDermott, Oladipo). Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 5:09 second; team, 5:09 second.

Dallas

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

A

F

Pt

Barnes

36:33

4-14

1-2

2

0

1

10

Noel

27:32

6-12

3-4

8

1

4

15

Nowitzki

25:18

3-9

1-2

8

2

3

8

Ferrell

31:59

5-10

0-0

4

5

2

13

Matthews

37:27

5-13

3-3

4

4

2

15

Barea

28:34

3-9

2-2

1

8

0

10

D.Harris

21:01

4-7

3-3

6

1

0

12

Mejri

17:12

3-4

2-3

5

1

3

8

Finney-Smith

14:25

0-2

0-0

1

1

1

0

Totals

240

33-80

15-19

39

23

16

91

Percentages: FG .413, FT .789. 3-Point Goals: 10-29, .345 (Ferrell 3-4, Barea 2-4, Matthews 2-9, D.Harris 1-3, Nowitzki 1-3, Barnes 1-4, Finney-Smith 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 14 (21 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Noel 2, D.Harris, Nowitzki). Turnovers: 14 (D.Harris 3, Ferrell 3, Nowitzki 3, Matthews 2, Barea, Barnes, Noel). Steals: 12 (Noel 4, Ferrell 3, D.Harris 2, Barea, Barnes, Matthews).

Att.—19,970 (19,200). T—2:16. Officials—Eric Dalen, Tony Brothers, Karl Lane

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