The Dallas Mavericks fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Dallas Saturday night, losing 126-120. The Thunder controlled most of the game, and it looked like the Mavericks would fall in a blowout. But then Dallas went on a huge run in the fourth quarter (more on that later) that actually gave them the lead late in the game.
Unfortunately, Oklahoma City had a late run in them as well, and they ended up grinding out a win. That means back-to-back losses for the Mavericks, who are in the midst of a slump. They’ve lost six of their last nine games.
Luka Doncic led all scorers with 36 points. He had a triple-double, grabbing 15 rebounds and dishing out 18 assists. Jalen Williams led the Thunder with 23 points. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished with 17.
Here are three stats from the game:
30: The number of consecutive points the Mavericks scored in the fourth quarter
In the fourth quarter, it started looking like it might be time for Jason Kidd to rest the starters and just regroup for the next game. But then the Mavericks went on an incredible run, scoring 30 consecutive points over a stretch of about six minutes. It’s the longest run in franchise history, and it’s a shame it was wasted in a loss.
2: The number of players in NBA history with multiple games of 30-15-15
Per ESPN Stats and Info, only two players have logged multiple games with at least 30 points, 15 rebounds, and 15 assists. One is Oscar Robertson, and the other is Luka Doncic. That’s pretty elite company for the Mavericks’ young point guard. Again, it’s tough to see it wasted in a loss.
65: The Mavericks’ free throw percentage
Dallas had a huge free throw advantage in the game, shooting 35 free throws to the Thunder’s 22. Unfortunately, they couldn’t convert at the charity stripe. Despite the huge disparity in attempts, the Mavericks only hit five more free throws than the Thunder. Dallas has to figure out their free throw shooting. A few more made freebies in this game and they might have won. It’s not the sole reason they lost, but it didn’t help.