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NBA Playoffs 2011: Mavericks Capture Game 3

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Marion, Mavs Hold off Westbrook and the Thunder

NBA Playoffs 2011: Mavericks Capture Game 3

There's an old adage in baseball that states a team is only as good as the pitcher they have taking the mound for them the next day. In basketball, especially in the playoffs, if a team wins a game on the road, they better come back and win the next one at home. What the Dallas Mavericks were able to accomplish tonight was wrestle back the home court advantage that they lost in Game 2, by capturing Game 3, 93-87.


The Mavericks were ready to run and they tried to hide quickly behind strong defense and shot making, holding the Thunder to just 12 points in the first quarter en route to a 52-36 halftime lead behind 17 combined points from Shawn Marion and Jason Terry.


The Thunder tried to close the gap and make a game of it in the 3rd quarter but Kevin Durant missed a three pointer with under 30 seconds to go that would have cut the lead to 11 heading into the fourth quarter. Every time the Thunder tried to close the gap, the Mavericks would answer with a big shot or big play.


Kevin Durant struggled mightily through the first three quarters of a critical game, shooting 4-18 from the field and 0-8 from three point range through three quarters. Durant would finish with 24.

Marion, offensively, was a tremendous difference maker, and his performance allowed for the Mavericks to maintain the lead into the 4th quarter while Dirk Nowitzki, like Durant, struggled from the field. That allowed for Russell Wesbrook, who was benched in the 4th quarter of Game 2 to single-handedly get the Thunder within striking distance down the stretch. Westbrook had 10 points in the first 6 minutes of the quarter and his layup cut the Mavericks lead to 8 with 6:33 to play. He would finish with a game-high 30 points.

The Mavericks never looked back, and have taken back home court advantage. Let charged.fm get you the best seat for all the action.


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