May 22, 2011 3:23 AM by Lee Douglas
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points during an off night for both of the game's superstars and the Dallas Mavericks built a huge lead early before hanging on for a 93-87 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.
The Mavericks, who tied with Miami for the league's best road record during the regular season, won for the fourth straight time outside Dallas in these playoffs and reclaimed home-court advantage just two nights after letting it get away in Game 2.
Nowitzki went 7 for 21 from the field but Dallas still called on him in the clutch to hold off Oklahoma City's late charge.
NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant also struggled from the field, hitting just 7 of 22 shots to finish with 24 points and 12
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)