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NBA Playoffs: Thunder dominate Mavericks, take 3-0 series lead

May 4, 2012, 12:38 AM EDT

Durant Game 3

Here’s the thing about losing close games, like the kind of games the Mavericks got in Game 1 and Game 2 of this series: you don’t get them back. The points don’t carry over.

The 7th-seeded Mavericks came far closer to beating Oklahoma City on their home floor — twice — than anybody expected they would, but they still came into Thursday night’s game down 2-0, and needed a strong performance to stay in the series.

Instead, the defending champs completely rolled over in front of their hometown fans, getting blown out and losing 95-79. It wasn’t that close.

Shawn Marion, who did a good job against Kevin Durant in Games 1 and 2, looked completely exhausted in Game 3, and Durant torched the Mavericks for 31 points on 11-15 shooting while Marion was only able to muster six points on 1-8 shooting from the field.

The news wasn’t much better for the rest of the Mavericks. Derek Fisher, who finished with 10 points, outscored all but 3 Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki shot 6-15 from the field, and even missed three of his eight free throw attempts.

Essentially, this was the game where the Thunder lived up to their billing as the odds-on favorites to win the Western Conference, and the Mavericks looked like an aging title contender who gave up Tyson Chandler for a shot at getting Deron Williams or Dwight Howard next year.

Mavericks fans should probably cherish their memories of the 2011 Playoffs right about now, because Dallas’ chances of repeating are about as slim as it gets right now.

  1. cakemixa - May 4, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    What is it with you and not posting the actual scores in your game recaps?

  2. storebrandcookies - May 4, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    This was a hard game to watch as a Mav’s fan. The Mavericks were a couple steps behind the Thunder the whole game. Experience does no good in the playoffs when the person your trying to defend is blowing right by you.

    Now I’m looking forward to the long offseason and the major overhaul of the roster. Nowitzki is still going to be the main staple of the team but I can’t see them competing for awhile if they don’t make some zesty offseason moves.

    • davidly - May 4, 2012 at 6:48 AM

      They should go after this year’s Defensive Player of the Year. I could imagine him being just what they need.

      • drunkenjunk - May 4, 2012 at 9:06 AM

        hahaha, yea as a Mavs fan I know. Letting him go was a huge mistake, the rest we could of lived with. Too old and Thunder are too young/good.

      • jjared1101 - May 4, 2012 at 11:17 AM

        He’s a very good player. But Dallas was still smart to not pay Chandler 15 mil a year to be a defensive anchor.

        It just didn’t make financial sense for him to stay in Dallas.

  3. mungman69 - May 4, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    What’s Mark Cuban say?

  4. passerby23 - May 4, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    If you can pull off a Deron Williams or Dwight Howard move, all is well in Dallas. Re-sign Jason Terry for the right price and sign a younger athlete or two and the Mavs are in the mix for another title. But right now, they look old and tired.

  5. abchome - May 4, 2012 at 3:06 AM

    Durant was set to breakout after 2 straight games of subpar shooting.

  6. icewatters - May 4, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    Hope Jason terry didn’t get any preseason prediction tattoos this year, unless maybe he got a broom on his other arm.

  7. fouldwimmerlaik - May 4, 2012 at 4:16 AM

    I wonder if the Mavs can prove that the greatest of the NBA Champs know how to defend their title…

    • jimeejohnson - May 4, 2012 at 5:25 PM

      “The greatest of the NBA Champs”? You must be very young. Ever hear of Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls, Magic Johnson’s or Shaq and Kobe’s Los Angeles Lakers, or Larry Bird’s Boston Celtics?

      • fouldwimmerlaik - May 5, 2012 at 9:28 PM

        First off, I’m a Laker fan. Second, you forgot Russell’s Celtics, Olajuwon’s Rockets, and the Bad Boys Pistons.

        My statement is a challenge for the Mavs about being “One-Hit Wonders” just like the Miami Heat who lost in the first round of the playoffs after winning the championship the year before.

        Those teams that you mentioned were the greatest to me as they have defended their titles at least once.

      • fouldwimmerlaik - May 5, 2012 at 9:40 PM

        Upon reading my previous statement that you questioned, yeah, my fault. I see where you are coming from. It was not properly worded. It should have been written something like “if the Mavs can prove that they are one of the greatest NBA teams by repeating as champs…”

  8. heat256 - May 4, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Is it more of a case of the Mavs just being bad or OKC being that good? It’s hard to say. The Mavs look deflated. How do they play OKC so close on the road yet get asshammered in their own building? It’s mystifying. At least when they get Deron next year and boot Kidd’s corpse out the door they can still get another good run in them before Dirk becomes a libaility.

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