Durant rebounds, scores 34 in win
DALLAS — Kevin Durant rattled the rim early with a reverse dunk and pulled up from well behind the 3-point line for another of his first-half baskets.
The Oklahoma City star was intent on putting aside the worst shooting game of his playoff career.
Durant scored 20 of his 34 points in the first half, Russell Westbrook had 20 of his 26 in the second and the Thunder retook control of their first-round series with a 131-102 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 3 on Thursday night.
The 2014 MVP had seven field goals midway through the second quarter on nine shots after he needed 33 to get there in a Game 2 loss that followed a 38-point win in the opener. The Thunder took a 2-1 series lead with Game 4 on Saturday night in Dallas.
"When I play well, I don't throw a party for myself afterward," Durant said after his 34th career 30-point postseason game. "If I play terrible, I'm not going to go out and change anything up. I'm going to go out there and do the same thing I've been doing."
Dirk Nowitzki played despite a right knee bruise and scored 16 points but the Mavericks let Oklahoma City dictate the pace and couldn't keep up, never leading while missing 10 of their first 12 shots from 3-point range.
"The way we won Game 2 was it was a slower-paced game for us, kind of grind it out," Nowitzki said of the 85-84 win. "It's going to be tough for us to win a game if they score 131 points. I don't think we can score 131 right now with the team we roll out there, the injuries."
Westbrook answered the best Dallas run of the second half with alternating 3-pointers and assists on four straight possessions to help push a 10-point lead back to 18. He finished with 15 assists, one off his playoff career high.
The NBA leader in triple-doubles during the regular season had an oddity with no rebounds.
"I don't know the last time I did that," Westbrook said with a smile. "But maybe next time I'll get one."
Dion Waiters scored 19 points and was 4 of 8 from long range as the Thunder made 15 of 27 from beyond the arc and shot 58 percent after shooting 34 percent in Game 2. Enes Kanter had a playoff career-high 21 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
Wesley Matthews broke out of a shooting slump to lead Dallas with 22 points, hitting 3 of 7 from 3-point range.
Durant weathered a rough end to the first half. He missed his last five shots in the second quarter and was called for his third foul in the final seconds, almost getting a technical for yelling at lead referee Mike Callahan while walking off the court at halftime.
RAPTORS 101, PACERS 85: At Indianapolis, DeMar DeRozan rebounded from his postseason shooting slump, and he and Kyle Lowry scored 21 points for Toronto.
The Raptors lead the best-of-seven first-round series 2-1 and have reclaimed the home-court advantage they squandered by losing the series opener last weekend.
Indiana was led by Paul George, who had 25 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Rookie Myles Turner scored 11 of 17 points in the second half.
Game 4 is Saturday night in Indianapolis.
DeRozan was 10 of 37 from the field and 0 for 5 from 3-point range through the first two games. On Monday he finished 7 of 19 from the field.