The base Russell Westbrook contributed 35 points, including the basket that made the final difference when it remained a minute by the end of the party, the victory in home (101-107) of the Oklahoma City Thunder against the Dallas Mavericks.
The Thunder (50-17), who had previously managed to advance to the final stage of the competition in the NBA, extended its winning streak to three and held fast in the lead in the Northwest Division with five games over the Nuggets Denver.
Oklahoma’s team is second in the Western Conference, just one game behind the San Antonio Spurs (51-16), leaders of the group, which had a rest day. The forward Kevin Durant scored 19 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, and was the second leading scorer for the Thunder.
While the Congolese power forward Serge Ibaka nationalized Spanish was also instrumental in providing a double-double of 18 points and 16 rebounds, including nine that were defensive, in 40 minutes of action.
Ibaka led the game under the basket to put also three blocks and was again the most effective in field goal by scoring 7 November, including February 1 triple, and 3 of 8 from the line staff.
The Mavericks (31-45), who lost for the fourth time in the last 11 games, leave early tenth, 3.5 games behind the Lakers, eighth in the Western Conference, which distributes last ticket to the finals.
The German power forward Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points and was again the leader in the attack for the Mavericks, who returned to stay at the gates of a victory they needed to face the struggle to be in the finals.
Nowitzki, who scored 8 of 10 field shots, including 3 of 4 triple and 4 of 4 from the line of personnel, captured six rebounds, including six defensive, gave assistance and recovered a ball.
The veteran guard Vince Carter had 18 points, four rebounds, three assists and two rebounds, while point guard Mike James reached 14 points, Darren Collison’s backup at 12 and rookie forward Jae Crowder scored 11 touchdowns.