The Oklahoma City Thunder will take on the Dallas Mavericks for the third time this season tonight at 8 p.m. EST at Chesapeake Arena.
The Thunder beat the Mavericks in each of the first two meeting but needed overtime both times to do so.
On Dec. 27, the Thunder won 111-105 in OKC. The game went into overtime thanks to a desperation 3-pointer by Darren Collison as time expired in regulation.
Kevin Durant had 40 points, eight rebounds and five assists in that game. He went 13-for-28 from the field, 4-for-8 from three and 10-for-10 from the line. He didn’t score in overtime however.
Russell Westbrook had 16 points and 10 assists. He went just 7-for-20 from the field but scored eight points in overtime.
Serge Ibaka and Kevin Martin each had nice games as well. Ibaka had 19 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks and Martin had 18 off the bench.
Collison dominated for Dallas with 32 points in the game. Dirk Nowitzki did not play.
OKC won again 117-114 on Jan. 18 in Dallas. Durant had a career-high 52 points in the game as he shot 13-for-31 from the field and 21-for-21 from the free throw line.
Westbrook 31 points, six assists and six rebounds. Ibaka and Martin each scored 11.
The Mavs were led by Vince Carter who came off the bench to score 29 points on that night.
The Thunder are looking to bounce back from a loss tonight after losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road two nights ago. They were torched by Kyrie Irving who scored 35 points with 13 of them coming in the final three minutes in that game.
The Thunder haven’t won back-to-back games since they beat Dallas on Jan. 18.
Durant injured his ribs in the Cleveland game and was questionable tonight but he has come out and said that he will start tonight.
Dallas has won two of their last five games with both wins coming against the Phoenix Suns. Nowitzki missed the last two games but is expected to return tonight as well.
The Thunder are 20-3 at home this season while the Mavericks are just 8-18 on the road.
The Thunder have lost back-to-back games just once so far this season and they certainly won’t plan to do so again tonight as they begin a 3-game home stand.