Serge Ibaka swatted a career-high 10 shots as the Oklahoma City Thunder went into Dallas and beat the Mavericks 95-86.
Ibaka had a double-double in the game while scoring just four points but had 11 rebounds to go with his 10 blocks. The Thunder were plus-13 in the 40 minutes that Ibaka was on the floor.
Russell Westbrook was the catalyst on offense for Oklahoma City scoring 33 points on 11-of-24 shooting from the field and 9-for-10 at the free throw line. Westbrook added four assists and two steals but also turned the ball over six times.
The Thunder were slow out of the gates shooting just 31.6 percent in the first quarter while Dallas jumped out to a 29-21 lead after one and shot 68.4 percent. The Thunder were more aggressive however and got to the line 12 times in the first quarter to keep the score close.
After a hot shooting first quarter Dallas would finish the game shooting just 35.7 percent from the floor with Dirk Nowitzki struggling most of all. Nowitzki went 2-for-15 from the field and scored eight points. He came into the game averaging 27.5 points per game versus the Thunder this season.
Kevin Durant also had an off-shooting night but still contributed some big baskets down the stretch. Durant finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds and shot 1-of-5 from downtown and 8-of-12 from the line.
Leading 89-85 with 35 seconds left, Westbrook delivered the dagger that would sink the Mavs when he nailed a 25-foot three-pointer with a hand in his face at the end of the shot clock.
It was a frustrating game for the Mavericks as Oklahoma City came back after the first quarter and drew more fouls calls and got away with more physical play. Rick Carlisle was tossed early in the fourth quarter arguing a call.
James Harden did not start the game in the absence of Thabo Sefolosha. Daequan Cok did and Harden was noticeably more comfortable off the bench and had a nice night with 10 points, nine assist and seven rebounds but did struggle from deep missing all five three-point attempts.
Oklahoma City is now back on track with this solid road win and 17-4 on the year. Their next game will be back home against Memphis (11-10) on Friday, Feb. 3.