Somethiing has got to give. The Mavericks and Thunder both have significant playoff streaks on the line tonight.
Dallas is a perfect 7-and-0 at home so far in the post-season. Meanwhile, the Thunder have yet to lose back-to-back games. They're 4-and-0 coming off losses so far in the post-season.
Niether team ready to give up anything after 24 minutes, locked in a tight battle with Oklahoma City leading 59-57 at the half.
Dirk Nowitzki leading the Mavs with 13 points. Tyson Chandler's scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. And the two Jasons, Kidd and Terry, have eight points apiece.
Mavericks guard Jason Kidd got off to a hot start with a pair of three pointers in the first quarter, but he was just getting started. Off a drive, he kicked to a wide open Dirk for a jumper. Then a pair of alley-oop feeds to Tyson Chandler. Then Kidd offers an exclamation point on a 10-0 run when he caught the Thunder sleeping during an inbounds play and threw it the lenngth of the court for a Shawn Marion jam.
Kidd's deft ball handling allowing the Mavs to shoot 52.4% for the quarter and lead 31-26 after the first 12 minutes.
Oklahoma City not about to go anywhere, though, answering the Mavs quick start with a 23-7 run spanning late in first quarter and into the second. Kevin Durant ignited the spurt with a monster dunk over Brenden Haywood after blowing by Peja Stojakovich on the drive.
Reserves Eric Maynor and James Harder were the catalysts as OKC erased the 10 point deficit and went up by five after Daequan Cook knocked down a three pointer to make it 40-35 with nine minutes left in the second quarter.