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Oklahoma City Rides Big Third Quarter to Win over Mavs

Nick Collison Goes up to Block Dallas' Sean Marion (AP Photo) Nick Collison Goes up to Block Dallas' Sean Marion (AP Photo)

Originally Published: Feb 16, 2010 9:47 PM CDT

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Gerald Goodridge
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma City came out of the All-Star break and extended its consecutive win streak to seven games with a 99-86 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

Dallas jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, but two quick scores from Kevin Durant cut the lead to one point. Less than one minute later, the Thunder strung together six unanswered points to take an 10-9 lead, its first of the game.

The scoring increased in the second quarter; both squads dropped more than 30 points in the second fifteen minutes. Oklahoma City strung together a 10-2 run in the last two minutes of the half to take a 56-54 lead into the locker room.

Durant finished the first half with a game-best 16 points and six rebounds, while rookie guard James Harden hit nearly every shot he took in the first half. Harden was 4-of-5 from the field and a perfect 2-of-2 from 3-point range to finish the half with 10 points.

Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas through the first half, shooting 7-of-10 from the floor for 15 points in the first half, while new Maverick Caron Butler grabbed six rebounds, including five on the offensive glass.

The Thunder continued its trend of dominating the third quarter, scoring 22 in the quarter, including 14 unanswered over more than a six-minute span late in the third. The Thunder’s defense also tightened up in the third quarter, limiting Dallas to 3-of-21 shooting from the floor and only 11 points.

Oklahoma City’s defense let up a bit in the fourth quarter but the offense picked up. The Thunder scored 21 points in the quarter, but with the game well in hand the most important basket came with 26 seconds left in the game.

Durant hit a tear drop layup to give him 25 points on the night, his 26th straight game with 25 or more points. That puts him third all-time behind Allen Iverson with 27 and Michael Jordan with 40.

Oklahoma City moves to 31-21 on the season, and is back in action Saturday Feb. 20 in New York against the Knicks.

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