Marion, Carter help Mavericks beat Thunder 109-86

Mavs vs. Thunder

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Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) attempts a shot against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) and forward Nick Collison (4) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena on March 16, 2014. (Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports)

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Associated Press

Posted on March 16, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 16 at 9:47 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Shawn Marion scored 19 points, Vince Carter added 18 and the Dallas Mavericks beat Oklahoma City 109-86 on Sunday night, ending a seven-game regular-season losing streak to the Thunder.

Kevin Durant scored 30 points for Oklahoma City, his 26th straight game of 25 points or more, the longest such streak since Michael Jordan did so in 40 straight games during the 1986-87 season.

Dirk Nowitzki added 17 points and Jose Calderon had 16 points for Dallas, which entered the game tied for seventh in the Western Conference standings. The Mavericks, who begin an eight-game homestand on Monday, became only the third Western Conference team to win this season in Oklahoma City, joining the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Clippers.

Dallas' win over the Thunder was its first since Jan. 2, 2012. In addition to the seven straight regular-season losses to Oklahoma City, the Mavericks also were swept by the Thunder in a 2012 playoff series.

The loss dropped Oklahoma City two games behind San Antonio in the race for the top spot in the Western Conference.

Oklahoma City played without three usual starters - the injured Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha in addition to All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook. With the team wanting to ease Westbrook back into gear after his most recent knee surgery - which cost him 27 games - he was given the game off to rest. The Dallas game was the opener of what will be three back-to-backs on the Thunder schedule by March 25

Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Westbrook would play Monday when Oklahoma City visits the Chicago Bulls.

Porous defense, which Brooks has said has been at the root of Oklahoma City's recent slump, again was an issue against the Mavericks. Dallas shot 53.3 percent from the field and was even better from 3-point range, finishing 13 of 24. Calderon and Carter each went 4-of-8 from behind the arc and two other Mavericks (Marion and Nowitzki) had at least two 3-pointers apiece.

Outside of Durant and Serge Ibaka (19 points), Oklahoma City struggled offensively. The Thunder shot 36.7 percent from the field and never made a serious run during the second half.

Dallas led 91-70 entering the fourth quarter and the Mavericks eventually led by 26 points.

Notes: The Thunder signed G Mustafa Shakur to a 10-day contract on Sunday. Shakur, who has spent time in the NBA Development League this season, hadn't played in the NBA since appearing in 22 games for the Washington Wizards during the 2010-11 season before entering Sunday's game with 6:16 left. He spent time on Oklahoma City's roster during the 2009-10 season but never played. . Carter raised his career total to 23,010 points, becoming the 27th NBA player to pass the 23,000-point mark with a 3-pointer with 2:17 left in the third quarter. ... Nowitzki was called for a technical foul with 7:52 left in the third quarter by official Derrick Collins after Nowitzki complained about being called for traveling by Collins. ... Reggie Jackson added 13 points for Oklahoma City.

 

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