The Oklahoma City Thunder’s three game winning streak came to an end Tuesday night on the road as they lost to the Dallas Mavericks in overtime 128-119.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 43 points. He played 50 minutes, made 15-of-27 shots, 5-of-11 threes and had six assists and five rebounds but also five turnovers. Durant played the entire second half and overtime.
The Thunder had a chance to win the game in regulation but Russell Westbrook missed a 17-foot jump shot with under five seconds to play.
Westbrook returned to the floor for the first time since the Toronto game where he banged knees with Kyle Lowry and looked to have potentially reinjured his right knee.
Westbrook remained on his minutes restriction, which is said to prevent Westbrook from playing more than 32 minutes. Scott Brooks seriously considered the restriction as he sat Westbrook for the first three minutes of overtime and the Thunder fell behind in that time.
The Thunder would be outscored 17-8 in the overtime period.
Westbrook finished with 23 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and eight turnovers in 33 minutes. He shot 8-of-18 from the floor and 2-of-6 from three.
The Thunder had a one-point halftime lead and led by five entering the fourth quarter.
The Mavs were led by their legend, Dirk Nowitzki, who had 32 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals.
The Mavs made 15-of-38 threes in the game. Jose Calderon made six and Vince Carter knocked down four.
Serge Ibaka battle foul trouble for most of the night and had just 10 points in 33 minutes.
Caron Butler, Reggie Jackson and Derek Fisher all scored in double-figures off the bench.
For the 13th time this season, Durant scored 40-plus points. His streak of games with at least 25 points reached 36 games, which is just four behind Michael Jordan’s record of 40 games in a row with at least 25.
This was the second overtime in the last three games for the Thunder, who beat Toronto on the road in OT over the weekend.
The Thunder were in a similar situation as that game in this overtime game, trailing by eight points with under a minute to play. To close out Toronto, Durant made three straight three-pointers to bring the Thunder back for the win.
The Thunder will play next at home vs. the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.