OKLAHOMA CITY (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Two powerhouses with the Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, sat out in the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder… and it showed. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 32 points helping the Thunder top the Mavs 116-108 Thursday night.

The Thunder made five of their first six 3-point attempts and built a 35-19 advantage after one quarter, then held off a late Dallas rally.

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Dallas cut the deficit to 103-101 with just under 2 minutes remaining but Gilgeous-Alexander scored on back-to-back possessions and made six consecutive free throws in the closing minutes.

“He made it look so easy,” veteran Al Horford said. “His shot-making ability and poise continue to impress me. We needed those buckets, and he took us home.”

Oklahoma City outrebounded Dallas 21-5 in the first period and finished the half making 10 of its 14 3-point attempts (71%). The Thunder cooled off from there but still finished 16 of 32 behind the arc.

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“We were sharp early and I give our guys credit with how they handled themselves during the break,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. “They were ready to play from the jump.”

Josh Richardson scored 27 points for the Mavericks. He scored to cut the deficit to 67-59 early in the third, but Al Horford responded with a three from the top of the key and a traditional three-point play on consecutive possessions.

Horford added 21 points and was 4 for 5 on 3-point attempts.

Jalen Brunson scored 26 and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 24 for the Mavericks, who fell to 19-17.

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CBSDFW.com Staff