Thunder avoid upset in overtime
The game went a little longer than Oklahoma City would have preferred after a Dwight Powell put-back sent the game into overtime Wednesday night in Dallas. A back-and-forth overtime ended with Russell Westbrook scoring a clutch 3-point play and Dennis Smith Jr. missing a buzzer-beater shot. The Thunder narrowly avoided an embarrassing loss to a tanking Mavericks team that is 12th in the Western Conference.
Nowitzki reaches 31,000 career points
Midway through the second quarter, Nowitzki hit a landmark shot to put his career scoring total at 31,000 points. Nowitzki, a 39-year-old veteran, sits in sixth on the NBA all-time scoring list, one spot ahead of LeBron James. Nowitzki finished the night with 12 points.
Adams shines in Thunder victory
The scoreline would have looked a little different without Steven Adams’s fantastic performance. Adams, an OKC center, recorded nine offensive rebounds and 12 total rebounds along with nine points. The stats don’t fully show how crucial Adams was in the Thunder’s close victory. His key screens, stellar defense, and overall physicality made the difference in the game and earned him the Ford Player of the Game honor.