Kevin Durant's three-point dagger at the final horn capped off an exciting sequence of events and sent the defending NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks to a 104-102 loss and an 0-3 start to the season.
The Thunder led 101-99 when Serge Ibaka grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled with just over nine seconds remaining. Ibaka went to the free throw line with a chance to ice the game but missed both shots. Dallas called its final time out to set up the final shot. On the play, Dirk Nowitzki took the ball at the top of the key and drove before twisting and kicking the ball back out to a wide open Vince Carter who had circled around behind. Carter's three-point attempt was good and the Mavericks had a 102-101 lead with a little over a second remaining.
Oklahoma City called time and advanced the ball to half court. With Dirk Nowitzki guarding the inbounder, Kevin Durant curled around and took the pass and turned and let loose a 28 foot shot that found nothing but the bottom of the net for a 104-102 Thunder win.
Durant finished with a game-high 30 points on 10-16 shooting from the field. He also grabbed 11 rebounds and handed out six assists in the game. Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka each finished with 16 while James Harden kicked in 15 off the bench. Oklahoma City shot a sizzling 59 percent in the game but had to overcome 26 turnovers.
Dirk Nowitzki deserved a better fate finishing with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Jason Terry scored 16 points off the bench and Delonte West finished with 15.
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