Dallas Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks Oklahoma City Thunder NBA score, recap Nov. 12, 2017

Paul George scored 37 points, Russell Westbrook added 27 and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame the absence of two regular starters to beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-99 on Sunday night.

Carmelo Anthony was ruled out about an hour before tipoff because of a sore lower back, and starting center Steven Adams sat out with a right calf contusion.

Without Anthony, the Thunder’s other two superstars carried the offensive load, fueling a 26-10 run in the third quarter that broke open what had been a tight game. Oklahoma City improved to 6-7, winning its second straight after four consecutive losses.

Harrison Barnes had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and Yogi Ferrell added 18 points for the Mavericks. They have dropped nine of their last 10 games to fall to 2-12. Dallas is in a particularly tough portion of its schedule, having lost both ends of a back-to-back against Cleveland and Oklahoma City, and with games against San Antonio and Minnesota looming.

Oklahoma City led 44-42 after a subpar offensive first half for both teams. Westbrook and George combined to go 5 of 18 from the field in the half, but combined to score 32 of the Thunder’s 39 points in the decisive third quarter.

With the game tied 48-48, Westbrook scored on a drive, and then George blew by Dirk Nowitzki for a dunk that led to a Dallas timeout. That started the Thunder’s big run, which included three 3-pointers by Westbrook and another by George. Westbrook’s final 3-pointer during that stretch put Oklahoma City up 74-58 with 3:35 left in the quarter.

George’s 3-pointer with 11:25 left in the game pushed the Thunder’s advantage to 88-67. A 9-2 run, capped by Yogi Ferrell’s 3-pointer, pulled Dallas within 97-84 with 5:56 left, but the Mavericks came no closer.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Devin Harris missed the game because of bruised ribs he suffered in a loss Saturday to Cleveland. … The Mavericks went 11 of 37 from 3-point range and have made at least nine 3-pointers in all 14 of their games. …Official Sean Corbin issued technical fouls to both Nowitzki (in the second quarter) and coach Rick Carlisle (between the third and fourth quarters).

Thunder: On his 29th birthday, Westbrook chose to wear a pair of neon orange Air Jordan shoes during the first half before switching to a pair of black-and-blue Air Jordans for the second half. … The Thunder made a season-high 15 3-pointers on 32 attempts. … Jerami Grant was given his first start of the season in place of Anthony. … Rookie Dakari Johnson started at center for the second straight game in place of Adams and matched up against NBA legend Nowitzki in the post to begin the game.

UP NEXT

The Mavericks host San Antonio on Tuesday to start a four-game homestand.

The Thunder host Chicago on Wednesday to wrap up a three-game homestand.

Dallas

20

22

25

32

99

Oklahoma City

18

26

39

29

112

Dallas

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

F

Pt

Barnes

35:04

9-14

2-2

13

1

22

Matthews

33:06

0-9

1-2

4

2

1

Nowitzki

19:50

2-7

1-1

1

4

5

Ferrell

34:25

6-9

3-3

3

2

18

Smith Jr.

33:44

6-17

1-1

5

3

15

Barea

19:46

3-10

2-2

3

3

9

Powell

18:56

4-5

2-3

3

0

11

Finney-Smith

12:05

2-5

0-0

1

2

5

Mejri

11:08

2-3

0-2

5

1

4

Kleber

8:24

1-3

0-0

1

0

2

Clavell

8:05

1-3

2-2

0

1

5

Withey

3:27

1-2

0-0

2

0

2

Noel

2:00

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

Totals

240

37-87

14-18

41

20

99

Percentages: FG .425, FT .778. 3-Point Goals: 11-37, .297 (Ferrell 3-4, Barnes 2-4, Smith Jr. 2-6, Clavell 1-2, Powell 1-2, Finney-Smith 1-3, Barea 1-5, Withey 0-1, Matthews 0-5, Nowitzki 0-5). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 20 (28 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Mejri, Powell, Smith Jr., Withey). Turnovers: 20 (Smith Jr. 5, Barnes 4, Ferrell 2, Finney-Smith 2, Matthews 2, Mejri 2, Powell 2, Clavell). Steals: 9 (Barea 2, Powell 2, Smith Jr. 2, Ferrell, Matthews, Mejri). Technical Fouls: Nowitzki, 6:07 second; coach Rick Carlisle, 12:00 fourth.

Oklahoma City

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

F

Pt

George

42:10

12-22

6-7

8

3

37

Grant

34:02

3-6

4-5

8

4

10

Johnson

17:03

2-2

1-2

3

4

5

Roberson

28:07

1-2

1-4

5

1

3

Westbrook

32:41

6-18

12-13

6

2

27

Patterson

25:15

3-5

0-0

4

0

7

Huestis

22:27

3-7

0-0

1

6

9

Felton

18:49

3-6

0-0

0

1

6

Abrines

14:33

1-2

0-0

2

2

3

Ferguson

2:26

1-1

1-2

0

0

3

Singler

2:26

1-1

0-0

0

0

2

Totals

240

36-73

25-33

37

23

112

Percentages: FG .493, FT .758. 3-Point Goals: 15-32, .469 (George 7-12, Westbrook 3-5, Huestis 3-7, Abrines 1-1, Patterson 1-3, Grant 0-1, Roberson 0-1, Felton 0-2). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 15 (21 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Grant, Huestis, Johnson, Roberson). Turnovers: 15 (Westbrook 4, George 3, Grant 2, Abrines, Felton, Ferguson, Huestis, Johnson, Roberson). Steals: 10 (Westbrook 3, George 2, Huestis 2, Roberson 2, Grant). Technical Fouls: coach Thunder (Defensive three second), 8:02 second. Att.—18,203 (18,203).

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