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Thunder journal: Mavs bench hurts Thunder from 3-point line

During Thunder coach Billy Donovan’s first timeout of the game, he pointed out to his team that the Mavericks were taking a lot of 3-point shots and getting a lot of good looks from the perimeter.

“I hope (Mavs coach) Rick (Carlisle) doesn’t mind me saying this,” Donovan said after OKC’s 106-103 loss to Dallas on Sunday, “they were throwing bricks up at the basket to start the game. We were, too. It wasn’t like we were making shots either, but they were throwing – I mean, it was hitting the backboard.”

But as Donovan correctly predicted, that wouldn’t last. The Thunder kept every Mavs starter under 20 points, but the second unit gave OKC’s 3-point coverage difficulties. Dallas’ Trey Burke and Devin Harris both came off the bench to shoot 50 percent from beyond the arc and finish the night with 25 and 15 points, respectively. The Dallas bench outscored the OKC bench 57-14.

“I thought as the game went on we did a better job getting out there and contesting,” Donovan said

Harris made all four of his 3-pointers in the first half. Burke made half of his 3-pointers before halftime, but on a night when he shot 4-of-8 from beyond the arc, Burke also made two in the third quarter.

The Thunder had just tied the game late in the third quarter when Burke hit two shots in a row. The second was a 3-pointer that would end the period on a positive note for Dallas.

“It’s just communication,” Thunder guard Dennis Schroder said of why Dallas was able to get open looks from 3-point range. "When the pick-and-roll happens, everybody’s got to know what we’re in, and sometimes they moved the ball very well and got an open 3.”

Burke, who closed the game for the Mavericks, adjusted when the Thunder took the 3 away. With 1:15 left on the clock, Burke drove to the basket and scored a layup to regain a lead, 102-101.

Mavs shorthanded

The injury-riddled Mavericks were forced to roll out yet another new starting lineup Sunday. J.J. Barea (right Achilles surgery) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (left tibia stress reaction) were already out due to injury when Carlisle announced Saturday that Luka Doncic would not play Sunday due to a right thigh contusion.

With the Mavericks extra short on guards Sunday, Cortney Lee, 33, made his first start of the season.

Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis (left knee surgery) did not make the trip to OKC. The NYPD is investigating a rape complaint against Porzingis for an alleged assault last season when he played for the Knicks, according to a New York Post report Saturday. Carlisle said Porzingis was already scheduled to stay behind for his injury rehab.

Technical difficulties

Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook picked up his 17th technical foul of the season with 2:39 left in the third quarter. Westbrook has already served a one-game suspension for his first 16 technicals this season. If he reaches a total of 18 before the end of the regular season he will yet again earn an automatic suspension.

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<strong>Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, center, tries to score as Oklahoma City's Markieff Morris, right, defends and Dennis Schroder looks on in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Dallas won, 106-103. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, center, tries to score as Oklahoma City's Markieff Morris, right, defends and Dennis Schroder looks on in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Dallas won, 106-103. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

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