The Mavericks could have had a heck of a head start against the Thunder in the opening of the Western Conference 1st round playoff games. The team could of won game one against the Thunder on their home floor, which could have been a huge lift and near death sentence for the Thunder. Dallas did prove that they will not be an easy win for the Thunder as the game came down to the wire. In the end, Dallas lost 99-98 against the Thunder. The Thunder have lost just 7 games at home this season.
Nowitzki led Dallas with 25 points in the contest. Marion contributed 8 rebounds to the near win as well. The Mavericks lead most of the game and took a 4-point lead into the fourth quarter. In the end they were outscored 30-25 in the fourth, however, which resulted in the 1-point loss. Durant hit a game-sealing jumper to give his Thunder the win.