Mavs rally to beat Thunder in OT

Dirk Nowitzki scored 17 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, and the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 12-point deficit late to beat the short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder 110-108 Friday night.

Oklahoma City played most of the game without Kevin Durant, who sprained his right ankle and left the contest with 4:21 remaining in the first quarter.

Nowitzki hit two free throws to give the Mavericks the lead in overtime, then followed with a 3-pointer that gave the Mavericks a 103-99 advantage with 1:39 left. It was his fourth 40-point game of the season and 12th of his career.

Russell Westbrook, who hit a 3-pointer to send it to overtime, scored 33 points and Jeff Green added 28 points for the Thunder, who have lost seven straight.

Jason Kidd scored all 10 of his points in overtime, including a pair of 3-pointers, Josh Howard had 13 points and James Singleton added 12 points and nine rebounds.

Durant apparently hurt himself when Erick Dampier stepped on his ankle on a drive to basket. He stayed in the game for three more minutes before leaving with a slight limp.

The former University of Texas star went to the locker room for X-rays, which were negative, and finished with a season-low six points after scoring at least 20 in nine of his last 10 games.

The Mavericks trailed 87-75 with just over five minutes left in regulation before going on a 16-0 run. Nowitzki scored 10 in the surge, including a jumper that gave Dallas an 89-87 lead.

Still ahead 95-90, Dallas fouled Westbrook shooting a 3-pointer with 22.7 seconds left. He hit the first two free throws and Nenad Krstic grabbed the miss on the third attempt.

Krstic gave the ball back Westbrook, who nailed a 3-pointer to tie things at 95.

Dallas had a chance to win it in the final seconds but was denied when Howard couldn’t handle an inbounds pass and lost the ball with 2 seconds remaining.

Kidd, who had 13 assists opened the extra period with a 3-pointer and drained another to give Dallas a 106-101 advantage with 20.7 seconds left in overtime.

Nowitzki and Kidd each hit a pair of free throws in the final 20 seconds to seal it for the Mavericks.

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