Off night for Durant as Mavs beat Thunder
(The Sports Xchange) - Raymond Felton was embarrassed.
After the Dallas Mavericks were blown out by 38 points in Game 1 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the veteran point guard was couldn't believe the display his team put on.
However, Felton didn't let the mood last long. Going into Game 2, he knew the Mavs would be short-handed, yet he scored 21 points to lift Dallas to an 85-84 victory over the Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, evening the series at one game apiece.
"We showed what type of fight we have," Felton said. "It was difficult. You're missing a lot of key guys. But we fought, kept going, kept grinding, and we got it done."
Felton shot 8-for-16 from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki added 17 points for Dallas, while Deron Williams scored 13.
Thunder forward Kevin Durant endured one of the worst shooting nights of his playoff career with a 7-for-33 outing for 21 points. Russell Westbrook posted 19 points, 14 rebounds and six assists.
Durant tied Michael Jordan for the NBA postseason record for most field-goal attempts missed in a game.
"Just a bad shooting night for me. I'm going to have nights like that," Durant said. "That's part of the game. I just have to keep staying confident. And my teammates and my coaches stay confident in me. They told me to keep shooting tonight, so I did. I didn't make them, so that is a part of it. Get ready for Game 3."
Game 3 is Thursday in Dallas. Continued...