NBA: Dirk scores 48 points in a 121-112 victory takes game 1

Posted May 18, 2011 by Austin Tyler
The Dallas Mavericks have not played in nine days, and the question was will the rest turn into rust. Tonight Dirk Nowitzki was not rusty as he dropped 48 points to lead the Mavericks to a 121-112 victory in game one.
Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks
Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks
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The Dallas Mavericks (57-25) was tied for the second best record in the Western Conference, and got the chance to host the Oklahoma City Thunder (55-27) for game one of the Western Conference Finals. Dallas has not been in the Western Conference Finals since 2006 when they faced the Phoenix Suns as the Mavs were the number four seed.The Thunder just ended their series two nights ago and had to jump right back in it tonight.
Most news media thought the Thunder could steal this game with the high they were coming in on after beating the Memphis Grizzlies. We all know when it comes to the playoffs, there is no place like home and the Mavs proved that tonight.
Dallas jumped out to a quick 10-3 lead behind eight points from Dirk Nowitzki. Kevin Durant made a three-pointer only to have Nowitzki make a jumper to make it a six-point lead. Thunder battled back to score the next seven points with a three-pointer from Thabo Sefolosha to take a 13-12 lead.
Dallas got the lead back twice but Serge Ibaka and Russell Westbrook made buckets to take a 19-16 lead. Kevin Durant later made a jumper, but Jason Terry answered with a jumper of his own to get the Mavs within three-points. Nick Collison made a jumper as the Thunder finished the quarter with a 6-2 run that had Durant make a layup at the buzzer to make it 27-20.
J.J. Barea started the second quarter with a layup to make it a five-point game. Daequan Cook made a three-pointer to give the Thunder a 32-23 lead. Jason Terry made a three-pointer, and Dirk Nowitzki made a layup that got the Mavs within two-points, 32-30. James Harden gave the Thunder a three-point lead with a three-pointer.
Dirk Nowitzki made a jumper then J.J. Barea made a three-pointer to tie the game up at 37 points apiece. Serge Ibaka broke the tied with a three-point play to make it 40-37. Barea made a layup to get the Mavs within one-point, but the Thunder answered with five-straight points to take a 45-39 lead.
Dallas answered with a 13-0 run that was started with a Tyson Chandler layup and included a three-pointer from Jason Terry with a three-point play from Dirk Nowitzki. The Mavs took a 52-46 lead and Peja Stojakovic made it 55-46 with a three-pointer. Russell Westbrook finished the quarter with a pair of free-throws, but the
J.J. Barea of the Dallas Mavericks
J.J. Barea of the Dallas Mavericks
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Mavs went into halftime with a 55-48 lead.
Dirk Nowitzki opened the third quarter with a pair of free-throws, and DeShawn Stevenson later made a three-pointer that gave the Mavs a 60-49 lead. Kevin Durant and Kendrick Perkins scored to cut it down, and later on got some free-throws to make it a 61-57 game. Shawn Marion made a three-point play to make it a seven-point Dallas lead.
Russell Westbrook made a three-point play to get the Thunder with four-points. Dallas scored seven straight points to push their lead back to double-digits, 73-62. Jason Kidd and Thabo Sefolosha traded three-pointers then Dirk made four free-throws in a row to make it a 83-68 lead.
The Thunder cut the Mavs lead to ten with James Harden getting a three-point play along with a pair of free-throws from Kevin Durant. Jason Terry made a three-pointer then Daequan Cook answered with a three-pointer of his own, but the Mavs was still up 88-78. Terry ended the period with a pair of free-throws which gave Dallas a 90-79 advantage going into the final period.
Serge Ibaka got back-to-back dunks to start the fourth quarter and make it 92-83 with Dallas holding on to the lead. J.J. Barea scored the next 12 points for the Mavs as they 104-89 lead. The Thunder scored during the run, but Barea sealed the game for Dallas. OKC went on a 10-0 run that got the game within five-points.
With Jason Terry’s jumper and Shawn Marion making a bucket, Dallas had a 108-101 lead 3:15 left in the game. Russell Westbrook made one of two free-throws only to have Dirk Nowitzki and Terry hit all their free-throws to take a 112-102 lead. Kevin Durant made a three-pointer late to cut the Mavs lead to nine-points.
Russell Westbrook made some free-throws, but Jason Terry finished them off with a three-pointer with .28 seconds left in the game. Dirk Nowitzki finished the game off with a pair of free-throws to make him a perfect 24-24 from the free-throw line to set a NBA playoff record.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 40 points with eight rebounds and five assists. Russell Westbrook scored 20 points, and Serge Ibaka scored 17 points with six rebounds. James Harden came off the bench to score 12 points.
Jason Terry of the Dallas mavericks
Jason Terry of the Dallas mavericks
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Dirk Nowitzki scored a game high 48 points on 12-15 shooting. Dirk at one point made 10 of his first 11 shots, and he finished with six rebounds and four blocks. Shawn Marion scored 11 points with seven rebounds while Jason Kidd had 11 assists with just three points.
Jason Terry came off the bench to score 24 points for the Mavs with J.J. Barea adding 21 points of his own. Dallas bench outscored OKC’s bench 53-22 with Peja Stojakovic only scoring three points.
The Dallas Mavericks protected home court advantage with this win and take a 1-0 series lead. The next game will be Thursday, May 19, 2011 in Dallas before the series swings to Oklahoma City for games three and four.
Dirk Nowitzki is the second player behind retired Portland Trail Blazer Terry Porter to score 40 plus points on the fewest field-goals. Porter scored 41 points on 12-14 shooting, and Nowitzki scored 48 points on 12-15 shooting.
Dirk record tonight for free-throws put him atop a list that included himself in 2003 against the San Antonio Spurs with 17 straight made free-throws, Karl Malone formally of the Utah Jazz with 18 free-throws made in 1997, and toped Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics who made 21 straight in 2003. All these stats from the field-goals to the free-throws are playoff records.