Anything can happen in the NBA. If you don’t believe that, just ask online sports betting players that turned the television off last night thinking that a 15-point Oklahoma City Thunder lead over the Dallas Mavericks with five minutes to play in the fourth quarter was money in the bank, only to wake up this morning to find out the kind of cruel twist that reality had in the cards for their championship aspirations.
Dirk Nowitzki finished with 40 points and Jason Kidd hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 40 seconds left in overtime to lead the Mavericks to the 112-105 game four win, in a performance that Jeff Van Gundy called “legendary”. It was one that also has pushed Oklahoma City to the brink of elimination in the Western conference finals.
The Mavericks seemed very patient early on in the game, perhaps even too casual considering that they fell behind by nine in the opening frame. A couple of early rallies fell
On offense, it was Nowitzki that led the way once again with 40 points, but he got a ton of help from his bench as the Mavericks’ secondary scoring came through once again. Jason Terry scored 20 as a reserve, and his plus-19 ratio was the best of any player that took the floor on Monday night. Terrry has been a force all series, and with Brendon Haywood chipping in another nine the Dallas bench outscored the Thunder’s 40-21.
Kidd was another of the bright spots for the Mavericks, demonstrating his patience and leadership on several key defensive plays, while running the offense with precision. None of those plays were bigger than his three-ball with 40 seconds left in overtime to complete the comeback, as Kidd finished with 17 points in the NBA scores.
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