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NBA -- Mavericks cool off Thunder, 112-107


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SAN FRANCISCO -- Dirk Nowitzki had a turn-back-the-clock performance on Sunday night and led the Dallas Mavericks to a 112-1107 win over the streaking Oklahoma City Thunder at the American Airlines Center.

The 36-year old Nowitzki, a 12-time All-Star and 2011 NBA Finals MVP, scored 30 points by making 8-of-13 field goals, 2-of-3 threes and 12-of-12 free throws. His output allowed the Mavericks to rally from an 88-81 deficit entering the fourth quarter.

Chandler Parsons was also huge for the Mavs with 26 while Monta Ellis finished with 18 despite going just 6-for-20 from the field. Rajon Rondo added 15 points, six rebounds and seven assists as Dallas snapped the Thunder's two-game winning streak.

Dallas, which won two straight, stayed in fifth place in the Western Conference with a robust 22-10 slate.

Serge Ibaka recorded a season high 26 for the Thunder and Reggie Jackson added 21 off the bench. Russell Westbrook, who had been on fire late, tallied 18 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, but he struggled greatly on the field, missing 17 of 23 shots.

The Thunder dropped to 15-17, 2.5 games behind for the 8th spot in the West.

Photo: Dirk Nowitzki delivered big time with 30 points, leading the Mavs past the Thunder, 112-107.


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