Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki said before the game that it was important to get off to a quick start. The Mavericks instead fell behind, 25-11, while showing obvious frustration with the officials and an inability to slow the Thunder.

Both Nowitzki and Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle were whistled for technical fouls by referee Marc Davis.

"Our goal was to obviously come out swinging with great energy, get the building going. We just couldn't get anything going offensively.

"I thought we played two really solid games up in OKC, didn't find a way to steal one. Tonight we just picked a bad time to put a stinker out there."