Apr 28, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives to the basket against Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Delonte West (13) during the first half in game one of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE

Dallas Mavericks leading Oklahoma City Thunder 51-48 at half of Game 1


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The Thunder have been slow starters quite often this year and that was the case tonight in the first playoff game of the year against the defending champs.

Kevin Durant started the game 0-for-4 but he Thunder were still close with Dirk Nowitzki starting the game 1-for-6.

Jason Terry gave the Mavericks a lift when he came into the game making his first six shots on his way to a 14-point first half.

Russell Westbrook carried the offense early for the Thunder. At the half Westbrook leads the Thunder with 13 points while Durant has 12.

Serge Ibaka scored 11 points including a three-pointer at the end of the first half, his first of the season. Ibaka and Durant each blocked two shots as well.

The Thunder are allowing Dallas to shoot 48.8 percent from the field so far and have attempted just five free throws compared to 11 for Dallas.

James Harden has scored 10 points in his first game back since the Metta World Peace elbow.

The Thunder seem to reliant on the jump shot thus far with the Mavericks allowing them space and enticing the attempt. Oklahoma City needs to get into more sets and attack the Dallas defense.

The game feels very similar to what these teams did last year in the Western Conference Finals and that is not a good sign for the Thunder.

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