Apr 20, 2016

    Mavericks beat Thunder to level Western play-offs


    RAYMOND Felton scored 21 points as the Dallas Mavericks staged a late rally to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 85-84 on Monday and level their Western Conference play-off series.

    He grabbed 11 rebounds while Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki added 17 points as Dallas took game two to square the best-of-seven series at 1-1.

    The Mavericks made the Thunder pay for a poor shooting performance from forward Kevin Durant. He finished with 21 points but went seven for 33, his worst performance in a play-off game.

    Russell Westbrook finished with 19 points, 14 rebounds and six assists as the two teams prepare for game three in Dallas tomorrow.

    The Thunder looked to have turned the momentum of the contest - played at home - in their favour after going on an 8-0 run to lead 76-69.

    But Dallas responded with a 10-2 spree to regain the lead at 79-78 with 4min 40sec left on the clock.

    A game of nip and tuck saw the score move to 81-81 with just under two minutes left.

    The Mavs ground out a four-point lead with just over 10 seconds left.

    But a Durant three-pointer with 9.5 seconds to play made it a one-point game and when Felton missed two free throws with seven seconds to play, the Thunder were given one last shot to snatch a result.

    Durant missed a layup and Steven Adams tipped it in but it was just a split second after the buzzer.