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DALLAS (AP) – The Mavericks have been outscored by an average of 34 points in the two losses after Kevin Durant bounced back from the worst shooting game of his playoff career.
The Mavericks trail the best of seven series 2-1.
Oklahoma City shot 56 percent from 3-point range (15 of 27) to 26 percent for the Mavericks (6 of 23).
Thunder coach Billy Donovan said it hasn’t been easy, and won’t be in Game 4.
“We’ve been in some close situations with them,” Donovan said. “When you make 15 3-point shots to their six, the score can look lopsided. We know coming in here it’s going to be a hard-fought, physical game when we come back in here and play again.”
Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki said the right knee he bruised in Game 2 felt fine after he scored 16 points and matched the team high with six rebounds in 33 minutes. J.J. Barea is hopeful as well following a solid showing in his return after missing a game with a right groin strain. Deron Williams, battling a sports hernia, sat out Game 3 and his status for Saturday night remains uncertain.
“We didn’t lose the game because D-Will didn’t play,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “He’s a great player and he would help us. We didn’t play well enough and we didn’t play with enough grit.”
The game is at 7:00 p.m. on TXA 21.
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