The game was in the hands of the OKC Thunder from the first quarter until the opening stages of the final period. But the Dallas Mavericks did not roll over and die, concocting a 30-0 run that would have knocked any team out of their sails immediately. It was a scare for the ages, sending shockwaves throughout the league.
In the end, OKC Thunder survived, no matter how ugly it looked. That 30-0 run was a league record, beating the 29-0 blast by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Milwaukee Bucks in 2006.
It was a character game for the young Thunder crew, even more emphasized by head coach Mark Daigneault’s remarks after the game. “Obviously, it’s kind of a weird way to win,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said, “but I certainly don’t want to underestimate the mental toughness of the team.”
OKC stayed the course and remained focused on taking the win. It was a testament to the ethos of the team and the identity the organization has been trying to build throughout the years. On the other hand, it is concerning to see the team scoreless for nearly 10 minutes of game time while failing to stop the opposing squads from manufacturing baskets.
It was the kind of game one would not believe until watching it. Here are some takeaways on the crazy road win by the Thunder over the Mavericks.