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The Dallas Mavericks fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Dallas Saturday night, losing 126-120. The Thunder controlled most of the game, and it looked like the Mavericks would fall in a blowout. But then Dallas went on a huge run in the fourth quarter (more on that later) that actually gave them the lead late in the game.
Unfortunately, Oklahoma City had a late run in them as well, and they ended up grinding out a win. That means back-to-back losses for the Mavericks, who are in the midst of a slump. They’ve lost six of their last nine games.
Luka Doncic led all scorers with 36 points. He had a triple-double, grabbing 15 rebounds and dishing out 18 assists. Jalen Williams led the Thunder with 23 points. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished with 17.
Here are three stats from the game:
30: The number of consecutive points the Mavericks scored in the fourth quarter
In the fourth quarter, it started looking like it might be time for Jason Kidd to rest the starters and just regroup for the next game. But then the Mavericks went on an incredible run, scoring 30 consecutive points over a stretch of about six minutes. It’s the longest run in franchise history, and it’s a shame it was wasted in a loss.
2: The number of players in NBA history with multiple games of 30-15-15
Per ESPN Stats and Info, only two players have logged multiple games with at least 30 points, 15 rebounds, and 15 assists. One is Oscar Robertson, and the other is Luka Doncic. That’s pretty elite company for the Mavericks’ young point guard. Again, it’s tough to see it wasted in a loss.
65: The Mavericks’ free throw percentage
Dallas had a huge free throw advantage in the game, shooting 35 free throws to the Thunder’s 22. Unfortunately, they couldn’t convert at the charity stripe. Despite the huge disparity in attempts, the Mavericks only hit five more free throws than the Thunder. Dallas has to figure out their free throw shooting. A few more made freebies in this game and they might have won. It’s not the sole reason they lost, but it didn’t help.
Oklahoma House Republicans elect Speaker-Designate
OKLAHOMA CITY (KSWO) – The Oklahoma House Republican Party has elected a new speaker designate for the 60th Oklahoma Legislature.
Speaker Pro Tempore Kyle Hilbert was elected by the House to be the next Speaker of the House for the Oklahoma legislature. Hilbert has served as Speaker Pro Tempore of the House since 2022.
“I appreciate my colleagues’ trust and confidence as we take the first step to prepare for the 60th Legislature,” Hilbert said. “The speaker serves at the pleasure of the members, and I’m fortunate to be surrounded by people who want to tackle the hard problems. We have no shortage of challenges facing our state, and by working collaboratively with members from rural, suburban and urban Oklahoma, we can craft policies that make a lasting difference for our constituents.”
Hilbert, 29, if successfully obtains the position when the House convenes next year, would be the youngest House speaker in Oklahoma state history.
“Fresh ideas, courage, and vigor are what Oklahomans deserve from their leadership. People are frustrated with unresponsive politicians in Washington,” Hilbert said. “If we want to see Oklahoma continue to grow and flourish, I encourage more young, emerging leaders to engage in their communities and in their state. Oklahoma is the best place to raise a family, and I embrace this opportunity to fight for Oklahomans and their families.”
Current House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, congratulated Hilbert on the nomination. McCall is the longest-serving speaker in Oklahoma’s history. McCall cannot run for reelection due to being term-limited.
House Democratic Leader Cyndi Munson, D-Oklahoma City, also released a statement congratulating the new Speaker-Designate.
“Congratulations to Speaker-Designate Rep. Kyle Hilbert on this well-deserved honor and responsibility to serve our state. I look forward to working with him on bettering the lives of Oklahomans in this new capacity,” Munson said. “Over the last several years, Rep. Hilbert and I have collaborated on issues important to all Oklahomans, most recently, addressing deferred maintenance on our RUSO and rural higher education institution campuses.”
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Watch Phoenix Suns vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: How to live stream, TV channel, start time for Sunday’s NBA game
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Phoenix Suns
Current Records: Oklahoma City 41-18, Phoenix 35-25
How To Watch
- When: Sunday, March 3, 2024 at 9:30 p.m. ET
- Where: Footprint Center — Phoenix, Arizona
- TV: ESPN
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Ticket Cost: $53.93
What to Know
The Oklahoma City Thunder will head out on the road to take on the Phoenix Suns at 9:30 p.m. ET on Sunday at Footprint Center. Both of these teams will be coming in off a loss in a game they were expected to win.
After a string of six wins, the Thunder’s good fortune finally ran out on Thursday. The match between them and San Antonio wasn’t particularly close, with Oklahoma City falling 132-118. The Thunder found out winning isn’t easy when you don’t work as a unit and post 19 fewer assists than your opponent.
The loss doesn’t tell the whole story though, as several players had good games. One of the most active was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who scored 31 points along with six rebounds. He has been hot recently, having posted 25 or more points the last nine times he’s played. The team also got some help courtesy of Chet Holmgren, who scored 23 points along with seven rebounds and five assists.
Meanwhile, Phoenix came up short against the Rockets on Saturday and fell 118-109.
The Suns’ defeat shouldn’t obscure the performances of Kevin Durant, who almost dropped a double-double on 30 points and nine rebounds, and Royce O’Neale who dropped a double-double on 20 points and ten rebounds. Less helpful for the Suns was Grayson Allen’s abysmal 0-6 three-point shooting.
Oklahoma City’s defeat dropped their record down to 41-18. As for Phoenix, their loss ended a nine-game streak of wins at home and dropped them to 35-25.
Looking forward, the Thunder are the favorite in this one, as the experts expect to see them win by 5.5 points. This contest will be their 18th straight as the favorites (so far over this stretch they are 9-8 against the spread).
Sunday’s contest is shaping up to be a masterclass in shooting: The Thunder just can’t miss this season, having made 50.3% of their shots per game (they’re ranked second in field goal percentage overall). However, it’s not like the Suns (currently ranked fourth in field goal percentage) struggle in that department as they’ve made 49.6% of their shots this season. Given these competing strengths, it’ll be interesting to see how their clash plays out.
Oklahoma City is a solid 5.5-point favorite against Phoenix, according to the latest NBA odds.
The line on this game has moved quite a bit since it opened, as it started out with the Thunder as a 2-point favorite.
The over/under is 233.5 points.
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Phoenix has won 7 out of their last 10 games against Oklahoma City.
- Nov 12, 2023 – Oklahoma City 111 vs. Phoenix 99
- Apr 02, 2023 – Phoenix 128 vs. Oklahoma City 118
- Mar 19, 2023 – Oklahoma City 124 vs. Phoenix 120
- Mar 08, 2023 – Phoenix 132 vs. Oklahoma City 101
- Feb 24, 2023 – Phoenix 124 vs. Oklahoma City 115
- Apr 03, 2022 – Oklahoma City 117 vs. Phoenix 96
- Feb 24, 2022 – Phoenix 124 vs. Oklahoma City 104
- Dec 29, 2021 – Phoenix 115 vs. Oklahoma City 97
- Dec 23, 2021 – Phoenix 113 vs. Oklahoma City 101
- May 02, 2021 – Phoenix 123 vs. Oklahoma City 120
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