The Mavericks ran into a complete buzzsaw Monday night in Oklahoma City.
The Thunder was one ticked-off group of dudes and it showed. Even with Kevin Durant only scoring 19 points, they plastered the Mavericks 112-91. The Thunder advantage was as much as 33 points in the third quarter.
Dirk Nowitzki said the Thunder, who had lost on Saturday in Cleveland, reminded him of a team he used to be familiar with not so long ago.
“We had to know that,” he said about the Thunder throwing down a great effort. “A good team usually responds to losses like that.
“I remember we used to respond like that. When we had a tough loss, we would come out and try to correct it, especially at home like they were. They came out swinging. They kept scrambling and played an all around solid game.”
The Mavericks? Not so much. Their second unit, missing the ill Vince Carter, was overwhelmed all night.
As coach Rick Carlisle said, the evidence spoke for itself, even though he saw poor execution more than poor effort.
“I’m going to have to defer on that until I see the film,” he said when asked directly about the effort. “What I did see is a lot of untimely turnovers that led to big problems. When you put these guys in transition with catastrophic turnovers, they’re going to make you look bad. I think that was it more than anything.
“But obviously when you get down 30 in a game, you’re not competing well enough. There’s no question about that.”
They gave up a season-high 68 points in the first half, which pretty much doomed the entire evening and the road trip, on which they finished 1-3.
OKC reminds Dirk Nowitzki of a team he used to know well
Dallas Morning News | Feb 5