OKC doesn't beat clock, or Mavs; series even
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Thunder thought they had stolen one.
The home fans were celebrating, streamers were falling onto the court and Oklahoma City appeared to have taken a 2-0 lead in its series against the Dallas Mavericks, despite a shaky overall performance.
In the end, Dallas escaped.
A putback at the buzzer by Oklahoma City's Steven Adams that would have won the game was disallowed upon review, and the Mavericks defeated the Thunder 85-84 on Monday night to even their Western Conference playoff series at one win apiece.
Dallas had been embarrassed 108-70 in the opener on Saturday, but the Mavericks bounced back and held Oklahoma City to 33.7 percent shooting on Monday.
"I'm very proud of our guys and the way they responded after one of the most disappointing games in franchise history," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "It's a group with a lot of pride, and obviously, a lot of resilience."
In the postgame news conference after the Game 1 loss, Carlisle defiantly stated that the loss was not significant, and that it was just one game. His team bought it, and, even goes home for Thursday night's Game 3 with a chance to take the lead in the series.
Raymond Felton had 21 points and 11 rebounds and Dirk Nowitzki added 17 points for the Mavericks.
Deron Williams, declared doubtful on Sunday with a left abdominal strain, scored 13 points for Dallas, 11 in the game's first 5 minutes.
"This wouldn't be possible if Deron Williams hadn't given it a shot," Carlisle said. "He got us off to a good solid start — actually better than a solid start, he got us off to a very good start."
Kevin Durant scored 21 points for Oklahoma City, but he made just 7 of 33 shots in the worst postseason shooting performance, both by percentage and number of misses, of his career. Durant's 26 misses were the most he's had in 716 career games, including the regular season and playoffs.
"It was a bad shooting night for me," Durant said. "It's part of it. I wish it didn't happen tonight, but it's a part of it. I got some great looks all night and I just didn't knock them down. It was just one of those nights."
The Mavericks said they did a good job of being physical with Durant and disrupting his rhythm.
Dallas led 85-84 with 7.1 seconds left when Felton missed two free throws. Durant got the rebound of the second, but his shot to try to win the game was blocked by Justin Anderson. Russell Westbrook rebounded and missed, then Adams rebounded Westbrook's miss and made a basket, but the ball was in his hand as time expired.
Westbrook finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds and Serge Ibaka added 12 points for the Thunder.
RAPTORS 98, PACERS 87: At Toronto, Jonas Valanciunas had 23 points and 15 rebounds and Kyle Lowry had 18 points, nine assists and seven rebounds as Toronto snapped its postseason losing streak at seven games.
The Raptors had not won a playoff game since a 115-113 home victory over Brooklyn on April 30, 2014.
Corey Joseph scored 16 points, Patrick Patterson added 14 and DeMar DeRozan had 10 as the Raptors evened the first-round series at 1-1.
Paul George scored 28 points and Monta Ellis had 15 for the Pacers, who host Game 3 on Thursday night.
Lowry and DeRozan both struggled with their shooting in Saturday's Game 1 loss, combining to make eight of 32 attempts. Neither was particularly sharp in this one, with Lowry making four of 13 and DeRozan making five of 18.