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A-Mo/Russ Big Night’s Not Enough To Beat Parsons & Mavs
The Thunder have been on a good streak as of late and were hoping to keep afloat in the playoff race with the 8th spot. The Thunder had revenge in their mind after losing in Dallas last month. The Mavs were coming in banged up as they had Monta Ellis as a game-decision for the game with a calf injury. The Thunder have been banged up and for the majority of the season and have been able to overcome. The Thunder came out very strong in this close game against the Mavs as Kanter had 15 in the first quarter of the game and was bullying Tyson Chandler in the paint. Kanter finished with 30 points and 16 rebounds and was able to have his way when he wanted especially on the pick and roll with Westbrook.
The game was very fast paced and it came down to who could make the defensive stop that would open the door for their team. The Mavs had Ellis and Parsons going off on the Thunder who didn’t have an answer until Anthony Morrow got into the game and gave the Thunder that extra boost they needed. Morrow had a season high 32 points and was able to hit shot after shot against the Mavs. Morrow gave the Thunder that extra scorer that they needed down the stretch but Parsons and the Mavs were able to have the last laugh.
Parsons finished the game with 22 points but it was his points in the 4th quarter that made a huge difference in the game. Parsons has one of the best pump fakes in the game and was able to fake Westbrook to get the game winner. Russell Westbrook still was able to have a chance to come down the court to try to tie the game and wasn’t able to add to his triple double. Russ had 31 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists to get his 10th triple double on the season against the Mavs.
The Thunder will hit the road against Memphis trying to keep the 8th spot in this race to get into the playoffs. On the Thunder’s heels are the New Orleans Pelicans and also the Phoenix Suns.