Mavs 'Woozy, Distracted' 104-89 Loss At OKC
There was no answer for Russell Westbrook's floor game, as he had 34 points and 10 assists to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the visiting Dallas Mavericks 104-89 on Thursday. There was no answer for Serge Ibaka, who had 21 points and a career-high 22 rebounds against a Dallas team with a bad habit of letting foes set rebounding recordings. There wasn't even an answer for reserve guard Anthony Morrow the forgotten cup-of-coffee Mav who added 16 points for a Thunder team that won for the sixth time in seven games to move into a tie with Phoenix for eighth place in the Western Conference.
And maybe this is just the start for OKC, which used the trade deadline to fortify its bench to help Kevin Durant, who scored just 12 points for a Thunder team that was still able to blow out a new-look Mavs team that doesn't yet have its new look.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 14 points and Tyson Chandler -- playing on a bum ankle -- had yet another double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. But the Mavericks shot a season-low 36.3 percent and got way too little help from point guard Rajon Rondo, who returned after missing six games with broken bones in his face and finished with five points and six assists in 30 minutes.
The Thunder underwent a facelift on Thursday, with Reggie Jackson and Kendrick Perkins going out. The Mavs have undergone similar changes, with the Rondo trade being supplemented by the Amare Stoudemire (not playing in the next two games) buyout signing. There were enough trade-deadline threads crossing that Yahoo reported that Dallas is deeply interested in the Utah-bound Perkins, a report that conflicts with an earlier DB.com exclusive that, in short, explains that the Mavs think Perkins stinks.
Hey, we're all woozy, distracted and drunk on info.
Dallas hurt itself, in a sense, by closing the gap of a blowout to 10 on a 3-pointer by Al Farouq-Aminu early in the fourth. But it was fools gold, especially because the Mavericks -- 36-20 and in sixth place in the West -- need to recover from this in time to play host to Houston at the AAC on Friday.
"We just still have to find our groove,'' said Dirk.
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