The Dallas Mavericks shot lights out in this one, going 40-75 (53.3%) from the field, including 13-24 (54.2%) from three-point range, to pummel the Oklahoma City Thunder, 109-86. Dallas (40-27) has now won back-to-back games after defeating Utah Jazz on Wednesday.
Shawn Marion put up 19 points on 8-12 shooting, in a solid performance. Jose Calderon chipped in 16 points and 7 assists for Dallas as well. Kevin Durant had another strong game for Oklahoma City despite the loss, scoring 30 points on 8-20 shooting (4-8 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 10-11 from the free throw line.
The high-powered offense of Dallas (ranked fourth in the NBA in offensive efficiency) got the better of the elite defense of Oklahoma City (ranked first in defensive efficiency), scoring 1.15 points per possession. Along with their eFG% of 62.0%, the Mavericks connected at a rate of 54.2% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 15-5 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Thunder are 4-5 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
This drops Oklahoma City (48-18) to 1-1 versus Dallas on the season.
Coming up, the Mavericks battle the Boston Celtics, who are 22-45 on the season. The Thunder go up against the Chicago Bulls, currently sitting at 37-29 this year. The Mavericks are 1-0 versus Boston this season. The Thunder have a 1-0 record against Chicago this season.