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Seattle at Dallas

Mavericks clamp down on Durant, extend Seattle's skid to 10 games

CBSSports.com wire reports
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DALLAS -- Kevin Durant is learning NBA lessons the hard way.

With the Seattle SuperSonics headed toward another lopsided loss, Durant forced up a wild 3-pointer early in the third quarter. Coach P.J. Carlesimo, having seen enough, quickly yanked the prized rookie out of the game.

Just another rough moment in a difficult season for the young Seattle squad, which lost its 10th straight game, 111-96 to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.

"I took some bad shots," said Durant, who tied a season low with just six points. "I took a 3-pointer, and the coach told me to go to the basket. So I put it on myself that he took me out."

Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points and Devin Harris keyed a game-breaking run in the second quarter for Dallas, which won for the eighth time in nine games.

The Mavericks led by nine after one quarter and held a double-digit lead most of the game despite having not played since losing to Sacramento on Monday.

"We came out and played pretty well," Mavericks forward Josh Howard said. "It was great to get back to a game. But we had the chance to work on things to get ready in case we make playoffs."

Making the postseason seems like a crazy dream right now for the reeling Sonics.

Seattle's 10 losses in a row matches the single-season franchise record. The Sonics (9-31) last dropped 10 in a row Dec. 12-29, 1968.

The longest losing streak in Seattle history is 13 games. The Sonics lost five in a row to end the 2006-2007 season, then dropped eight more to start this season.

It has been especially rocky the past three games, as the Sonics have lost by a combined 70 points.

"Nobody wants to accept losing," Seattle's Earl Watson said. "But it's real. And it's not easy."

Howard scored 17 points, Jason Terry added 15 and Jerry Stackhouse chipped in with 10 for the Mavericks.

Wally Szczerbiak scored 26 points and Nick Collison had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Seattle.

Durant, who was playing his first pro game in the Lone Star State after starring last season at the University of Texas, shot 3-of-12. After his ill-advised 3-point attempt, Durant didn't return to the game until late in the fourth.

"We were trying to keep a body on him," Mavericks coach Avery Johnson said. "The plan was to play him physical and get in his space."

Seattle, which last won Dec. 29 against Minnesota, trailed 39-34 with 7:09 left in the first half before the Mavericks used a 27-10 run to build a 22-point halftime lead.

The Mavericks hit 15 of 24 shots in the first quarter as they jumped out to a 33-24 lead. Seattle whittled the lead to five before Dallas seized control of the game. Harris drove for consecutive layups to put Dallas on top 54-38 with 3:24 remaining in the second quarter.

Harris scored nine in the spurt and finished with 17 points.

"In the second quarter we were awful defensively." Carlesimo said. "We dug ourselves a big hole during that stretch."

Seattle's struggles were epitomized in the final sequence of the first half.

With 2.7 seconds remaining, Brandon Bass hit a free throw but missed his second attempt. Bass picked up the rebound and hit a 15-foot jumper that gave the Mavericks a 66-44 advantage.

The Mavericks mostly kept the lead over 20 points after halftime, though Seattle crept within 12 in the final two minutes after Dallas had cleared the bench.

Besides the long skid, the Sonics have also lost nine straight road games and 12 in a row to the Mavericks. Seattle last beat Dallas on Dec. 9, 2004.

Notes

  • Stackhouse played after missing Monday's game with a strained hamstring.
  • Saturday night's game was part of an NHL-NBA doubleheader at the American Airlines Center. The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Dallas Stars met earlier in the day.
  • The Sonics fell to 4-18 on the road.
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Devin Harris is a sparkplug for Dallas, keying a big run and finishing with 17 points.  (Getty Images)
Devin Harris is a sparkplug for Dallas, keying a big run and finishing with 17 points. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Seattle (9-31) 2420282496
Dallas (27-12) «33332322111
SEA:W. Szczerbiak 26 Pts
SEA:N. Collison 12 Reb
SEA:E. Watson 6 Ast
DAL:D. Nowitzki 20 Pts
DAL:E. Dampier 9 Reb
DAL:D. Harris 8 Ast
Players of the Game
DallasSeattle

D. Nowitzki

W. Szczerbiak
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
20962641
Seattle
N. Collison, C385-76-6120216
K. Thomas, PF283-60-011346
E. Watson, PG254-91-146110
K. Durant, SF253-120-12016
J. Green, SF252-66-621110
W. Szczerbiak, SF309-158-841126
L. Ridnour, PG233-73-31559
C. Wilcox, PF192-51-43115
D. West, SG121-60-01112
D. Wilkins, SG123-50-01106
J. Petro, C30-10-00000
R. Swift, CDid Not Play
M. Gelabale, SFDid Not Play
M. Sene, CDid Not Play
Totals 35-7925-2941191796
 44.3%86.2% 
Dallas
J. Howard, SF376-143-351517
D. Nowitzki, PF3510-160-196320
D. Harris, SG247-133-428317
E. Dampier, C221-21-29123
E. Jones, SG141-40-00203
J. Terry, PG306-111-222115
D. Diop, C203-72-28028
B. Bass, PF204-61-44329
T. Hassell, SF193-50-04316
J. Stackhouse, SF174-100-031210
J. Barea, PG21-10-01103
J. Howard, PFDid Not Play
D. George, SGDid Not Play
M. Ager, SGDid Not Play
N. Fazekas, PFDid Not Play
Totals 46-8911-18472821111
 51.7%61.1% 
Other Games
Sac 110 Final
Ind 104
Port 94 Final
Orl 101
Tor 95 Final
Phi 99
Mem 87 Final
Char 105
NY 88 Final
Mia 84
Det 81 Final
Chi 97
SA 81 Final
Hou 83
GS 119 Final
Mil 99
Min 108 Final
Den 111
NJ 107 Final
LAC 120