Westbrook helps snap Mavericks’ streak
Ponca City Now - November 23, 2015 7:52 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Russell Westbrook had 31 points and 11 assists, hitting two key baskets in the final 63 seconds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from a double-digit third-quarter deficit to beat Dallas 117-114 on Sunday night, ending the Mavericks’ six-game winning streak.
Serge Ibaka had 16 points, nine rebounds and a key late blocked shot for Oklahoma City, which was without star forward Kevin Durant (injured hamstring) for the sixth straight game.
Westbrook broke a 113-113 tie with a jumper with 1:03 left. Zaza Pachulia made 1 of 2 from the free-throw line to pull the Mavericks within a point before Westbrook’s 18-foot jumper with 24 seconds left capped the scoring.
Deron Williams led Dallas with 20 points, but missed an 18-footer and had his layup attempt blocked by Ibaka on consecutive possessions, and Wesley Mathews’ last-second off-balance heave from 3-point range came nowhere close to the basket.