Posted: May 19, 2011 11:22 PM by Lee Douglas
DALLAS (AP) - Kevin Durant scored 24 points and James Harden added 23, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 106-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks, knotting the Western Conference finals at one game each.
Harden and fellow reserves Eric Maynor, Nick Collison and Daequan Cook teamed with Durant to play nearly the entire fourth quarter. They outscored Dallas' crew of closers by five. The Thunder bench outscored the Dallas reserves 50-29.
The Thunder continued their streak of avoiding consecutive losses this postseason. The series shifts to their home court - about 200 miles up Interstate 35 - for Game 3 on Saturday night.
Dirk Nowitzki didn't dominate nearly as much as he did in the opener, scoring 29 points, 16 in the fourth quarter. Dallas had a seven-game winning streak end and dropped to 6-1 at home in the playoffs.
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