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Westbrook, Thunder stumble again in 97-81 loss to Mavericks

DALLAS (AP) Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder didn't blow a lead this time. They barely had one.

Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 19 points , rookie Dennis Smith held his own against Westbrook on the rookie Dallas guard's 20th birthday and the suddenly surging Mavericks beat the Thunder 97-81 on Saturday night.

The Thunder fell behind for good in the first quarter a night after losing a 15-point lead in the second half of a one-point loss to Detroit that followed a dominant win over Kevin Durant and Golden State - their only victory in the past five games.

''Everybody should be upset walking out of this locker room because you sure hate to lose,'' guard Raymond Felton said after the team with the Big Three of Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George fell to 8-11.

''I know I do and I'm pretty sure everybody else on this team does, so that's why you see the faces. That's why you see the looks. We're all upset, but we're the ones who got to figure it out.''

Smith finished with 15 points and four assists while Westbrook had 28 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists a night after his sixth triple-double of the season.

But the star guard had just 12 points after a dominant first quarter as the Mavericks won their third in the past four games following a 2-14 start. At 5-15, Dallas still has the worst record in the Western Conference.

''We are making small gains,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. ''It's the first time we have won two in a row. It is a little bit of momentum, and it is precious.''

Anthony hit three of his four 3-pointers in the third quarter to help Oklahoma City close within 10, but got called for an offensive foul, his fourth, and then traveling the next time down. Yogi Ferrell's 3-pointer after the travel put Dallas up 70-53.

Anthony finished with 16 points after sitting the entire fourth quarter, while George also sat the fourth and finished with just two points on 1-of-12 shooting with a game-high 10 assists for the Thunder, who shot 36 percent.

It was the fewest points for George since the finale in 2014-15, when he missed all but the final six games after breaking his right leg with Team USA the previous summer.

Nowitzki, the 39-year-old in his 20th season, hit his season high on a 3-pointer that gave the Mavericks their biggest lead at 26, 83-57, early in the fourth quarter. J.J. Barea had one of his six assists on that 3 as Dallas finished with 25 on 37 baskets.

Harrison Barnes had 12 points and 12 rebounds in Dallas' first game since he banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer off an inbounds pass with 0.5 seconds left, giving the Mavericks a 95-94 win in Memphis.

TIP-INS

Thunder: Held to 13 points in the second quarter, fewest in any quarter this season. The previous low was 14 in the second quarter of a 96-87 loss to Utah on Oct. 21. ... The Thunder were outscored 53-31 in the second and third quarters, shooting 28 percent (11 of 39).

Mavericks: Nowitzki had a strange three-point play in the second quarter. Jerami Grant was given a technical for grabbing the rim when Nowitzki hit a layup. There was contact, and the Mavericks thought Nowitzki was fouled and would get three free throws. He made the one he got. ... The Mavericks weathered a 5-minute scoreless drought in the fourth quarter, with Ferrell hitting a 3 to get the lead back to 18.

WHERE'S THE HELP

Grant's two free throws with 50 seconds left in the third quarter were the first points by someone other than Westbrook or Anthony since a bucket by Steven Adams with 5:20 left in the second. Westbrook and Anthony were the only double-figure scorers, followed by Grant with nine.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Smith said he didn't notice he was facing Westbrook on his 20th birthday until he had to start planning what family might be around for the occasion. The ninth overall pick in the draft, Smith has drawn comparisons to Westbrook. ''I don't really try to compare myself,'' Smith said.

UP NEXT

Thunder: At Orlando on Wednesday, with the first of two three-day breaks this season. That's their longest outside the All-Star break.

Mavericks: At San Antonio on Monday, the second of four in a season series that will be finished nine days before Christmas.

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Key Players
R. Westbrook
0 G
H. Barnes
40 F
35.5 Min. Per Game 35.5
19.5 Pts. Per Game 19.5
1.6 Ast. Per Game 1.6
7.1 Reb. Per Game 7.1
40.1 Field Goal % 44.7
39.9 Three Point % 44.5
72.6 Free Throw % 81.4
  Defensive rebound by Yogi Ferrell 0:15
  Alex Abrines missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:18
+ 3 Dennis Smith Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Yogi Ferrell 0:36
+ 3 Josh Huestis made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terrance Ferguson 0:50
  Defensive rebound by Josh Huestis 1:09
  Antonius Cleveland missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:12
+ 1 Antonius Cleveland made 1st of 2 free throws 1:12
  Shooting foul on Jerami Grant 1:12
  Defensive rebound by Salah Mejri 1:28
  Patrick Patterson missed hook shot 1:30
+ 3 Wesley Matthews made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dennis Smith Jr. 1:50
Team Stats
Points 81 97
Field Goals 29-80 (36.3%) 37-75 (49.3%)
3-Pointers 13-35 (37.1%) 15-35 (42.9%)
Free Throws 10-13 (76.9%) 8-11 (72.7%)
Total Rebounds 47 48
Offensive 8 8
Defensive 31 35
Team 8 5
Assists 24 25
Steals 12 11
Blocks 1 5
Turnovers 17 17
Fouls 15 18
Technicals 1 0
28 PTS, 12 REB, 9 AST
19 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST
1234T
away team logo Thunder 8-11 2413182681
home team logo Mavericks 5-15 2527261997
Team Stats
away team logo Thunder 8-11 101.2 PPG 44 RPG 16.3 APG
home team logo Mavericks 5-15 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
R. Westbrook G 25.4 PPG 10.1 RPG 10.3 APG 44.9 FG%
D. Nowitzki F 12.0 PPG 5.7 RPG 1.6 APG 45.6 FG%
Top Scorers
R. Westbrook G 28 PTS 12 REB 9 AST
D. Nowitzki F 19 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
36.3 FG% 49.3
37.1 3PT FG% 42.9
76.9 FT% 72.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 39 28 12 9 1 0 4 2 9/19 4/8 6/9 1 11 55 -2
C. Anthony 26 16 3 0 1 0 4 4 6/12 4/7 0/0 0 3 16 -7
S. Adams 27 6 3 0 1 0 3 3 3/8 0/0 0/0 3 0 7 -8
P. George 39 2 6 10 4 0 1 1 1/12 0/4 0/0 1 5 31 -16
A. Roberson 15 0 3 2 1 0 2 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 2 6 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 39 28 12 9 1 0 4 2 9/19 4/8 6/9 1 11 55 -2
C. Anthony 26 16 3 0 1 0 4 4 6/12 4/7 0/0 0 3 16 -7
S. Adams 27 6 3 0 1 0 3 3 3/8 0/0 0/0 3 0 7 -8
P. George 39 2 6 10 4 0 1 1 1/12 0/4 0/0 1 5 31 -16
A. Roberson 15 0 3 2 1 0 2 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 2 6 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Grant 20 9 1 0 1 0 1 1 2/6 1/2 4/4 0 1 10 -9
T. Ferguson 20 7 1 1 1 0 0 1 3/5 1/3 0/0 0 1 11 -20
R. Felton 24 6 3 2 2 1 1 0 2/11 2/7 0/0 1 2 15 -7
N. Collison 7 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 2 7 +10
J. Huestis 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 1 4 -2
P. Patterson 13 0 3 0 0 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 2 -18
A. Abrines 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 -1
D. Johnson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0
K. Singler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 81 39 24 12 1 17 15 29/80 13/35 10/13 8 31 164 -80
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Nowitzki 22 19 5 4 2 0 2 1 7/10 4/7 1/1 0 5 32 +26
D. Smith Jr. 28 15 2 4 1 0 4 3 6/14 3/8 0/0 1 1 22 -16
W. Matthews 34 12 2 1 3 0 2 1 4/10 4/8 0/0 0 2 17 +14
H. Barnes 32 12 12 3 1 0 3 2 5/12 0/2 2/2 2 10 28 -2
M. Kleber 20 7 5 0 0 0 2 1 3/6 1/2 0/0 2 3 10 -4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Nowitzki 22 19 5 4 2 0 2 1 7/10 4/7 1/1 0 5 32 +26
D. Smith Jr. 28 15 2 4 1 0 4 3 6/14 3/8 0/0 1 1 22 -16
W. Matthews 34 12 2 1 3 0 2 1 4/10 4/8 0/0 0 2 17 +14
H. Barnes 32 12 12 3 1 0 3 2 5/12 0/2 2/2 2 10 28 -2
M. Kleber 20 7 5 0 0 0 2 1 3/6 1/2 0/0 2 3 10 -4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Powell 15 10 4 0 0 1 0 1 5/6 0/0 0/0 1 3 15 +18
Y. Ferrell 23 7 1 2 1 0 1 0 2/4 2/2 1/2 0 1 12 +16
S. Mejri 23 6 6 1 2 4 0 3 3/4 0/1 0/0 1 5 20 -8
J. Barea 16 4 2 6 1 0 3 2 1/5 1/3 1/2 0 2 16 +13
D. Harris 19 4 4 4 0 0 0 4 1/4 0/2 2/2 1 3 16 +22
A. Cleveland 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 0 1 +1
J. McRoberts - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Noel - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Withey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Curry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Motley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Finney-Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 97 43 25 11 5 17 18 37/75 15/35 8/11 8 35 189 +80