Mar 16, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Dallas Mavericks center Samuel Dalembert (1) fights for a loose ball with Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Thunder lose by 23 at home to Mavericks without Westbrook

The Oklahoma City Thunder were without Russell Westbrook Sunday night at home vs. the Dallas Mavericks. Westbrook was not playing simply for rest.

The Thunder didn’t have much of a chance from the start. Dallas got hot from the field and OKC didn’t have enough fire power to keep up as they fell 109-86 to drop to 48-18 on the year.

Dallas shot 53.3 percent from the field and made 13-of-24 three-pointers. Vince Carter came off the bench to make four threes, Jose Calderon also made four and Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion each made two.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 30 points on 8-of-20 shooting.

The Thunder had just 17 assists and shot 36.7 percent from the field.

Serge Ibaka scored 19 on 8-of-19 shooting and Reggie Jackson, starting in place of Westbrook, scored 13. No other Thunder player reached double figures.

The Thunder had just 22 points in the paint as Dallas forced the Thunder to settle for a lot of jump shots, which they did not hit at a high rate.

The Thunder had two nights off before this game so it’s not like they were without enough rest. No Westbrook certainly hurts but not to the degree of losing by 23 at home to Dallas.

The Thunder will look to bounce back for their next game on the road vs. the Bulls tomorrow night.

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