Apr 28, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket against Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Jason Terry (31) during the fourth quarter in game one of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE

Oklahoma City Thunder leading Dallas Mavericks 57-50 at half of Game 2

The Oklahoma City Thunder have gotten off to a much better start here in Game 2 against the Dallas Mavericks than they did in Game 1.

The Thunder lead Dallas 57-50 at halftime behind 15 points from Russell Westbrook and 14 from Kevin Durant.

Dirk Nowitzki is again looking like 2011 Playoffs Dirk with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Dirk had some chippy moments in the first quarter as well with Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins.

The Thunder went on a 21-4 run starting with 1:22 left in the first quarter and led 42-27 with just under seven minutes to play in the half. Dallas fought back some when Dirk checked back in.

Derek Fisher helped give the Thunder second-unit a nice lift scoring eight points on 4-for-5 shooting.

Jason Terry who was very hot from the start in Game 1 didn’t score until the final 30 seconds tonight and has just three points.

The Thunder are executing pretty well overall tonight and if they can turn up the defense some in the second half they should be able to come away with the victory. This game feels like the only way they’d let it slip away is if they suddenly went cold from the field.

A 2-0 lead heading to Dallas will be extremely important for the Thunder in this series.

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Tags: Dallas Mavericks Derek Fisher Dirk Nowitzki First Round Game 2 Jason Terry Kendrick Perkins Kevin Durant NBA Playoffs Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook Serge Ibaka

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