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The Mavericks put together an NBA-record 30-0 streak, but lost


DALLAS — Jalen Williams scored 23 points and Oklahoma City rallied after putting Dallas on an NBA-record 30-0 fourth-quarter run to beat the Mavericks 126-120 on Saturday night.

That surge allowed the Mavericks to go from a 111-87 deficit to a 117-111 lead with 4:18 to play.

The NBA said the previous record in the play-by-play era was a 29-0 run by Cleveland over Milwaukee on Dec. 6, 2009. Dallas led 120-118 before the Thunder scored the final eight points of the game.

The Thunder’s latest rally began with a traveling call against Luka Doncic, who recorded his 59th career regular-season triple-double with 36 points, 18 assists and 15 assists in a season-high 46 minutes.

A dunk by rookie Chet Holmgren tied the score, and Williams gave the Thunder the lead for good with a putback with 40 seconds remaining.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander then stole the ball from Doncic near midcourt and took a four-point lead. Williams made two free throws with eight seconds remaining for the final points.

The Mavericks’ streak was the longest without allowing a field goal in the play-by-play era, dating back to 1996-97. This lasted from 11:09 playing until 4:18.

Luka Doncic, who had 36 points, 18 assists and 15 assists, passed Jalen Williams in the Mavericks’ 126-120 loss to the Thunder. USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con

After such an eventful fourth quarter in both directions, each coach praised the courage of their team.

“Obviously, it’s a little strange way to win,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said, “but I certainly don’t want to underestimate the mental toughness of the team. »

“The character of the team showed there,” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said.

And how can a team give up 30 consecutive points?

“A lot of things have to go wrong, offensively and defensively,” Daigneault said. “But, again, it’s difficult to resist a 30-0 and win a match. So clearly a lot of things went right in the game as well.

Gilgeous-Alexander, averaging 30.6 points to finish, scored 17 points after being held to one in the first quarter.

Cason Wallace and Davis Bertans each scored 15 points.

Bertans went 3 for 3 on 3-pointers and made six free throws while fouling twice from behind the arc.

Jalen Williams, author of 23 points, drives Luka Doncic during the Thunder victory.
Jalen Williams, author of 23 points, drives Luka Doncic during the Thunder victory. P.A.

Holmgren had 11 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks.

The Mavericks have been swept back-to-back at home, losing to Memphis 108-94 on Friday and falling to 5-4 at home.

Dallas shot 51.9 percent in the final period, including 8 of 16 from distance.

OKC was 7 of 21, 20 of 9 from behind the arc.

The Thunder, who averaged 12.9 successful shots per game, made 20 of 44.

Doncic returned to the lineup after missing Friday’s game while welcoming a newborn daughter on Thursday. Doncic’s 59th triple-double ties him with Larry Bird for ninth all-time.

The Mavericks played without their No. 2 and 3 scorers. His compatriot All-Star Kyrie Irving (23.6 points per game) was absent after twisting his foot on Friday. Sixth man Tim Hardaway Jr. (16.8 points) missed his second straight game with back spasms.

Mavericks rookie center Derek Lively II recorded a career-high 20 points, 14 in the second half and 16 rebounds.

“I told him at halftime: ‘Don’t try to pass. Go finish,” Kidd said.

Doncic’s fiancée, Anamaria Goltes, gave birth to the couple’s daughter, Gabriela, on Thursday. Doncic’s white shoes featured pink accents and his daughter’s name was written on the outside of each.

The Oklahoma City bench outscored Dallas 55-23 — 33-12 in the first half to take a 72-56 lead.



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