The Dallas Mavericks gave the game away on Saturday night as the Oklahoma City Thunder stole a 117-111 overtime victory at the American Airlines Center. Dallas was up 16 with 3:57 left in the game, but the Mavericks got complacent and allowed OKC to storm back to tie it before taking the contest in the extra session.
Luka Doncic struggled on Saturday night as Lu Dort and the Thunder forced him into tough shots. He had his second-straight 30-point triple-double, but the poor shooting for Luka and the Mavericks sunk them against the Thunder. There were no excuses for the late run that ultimately sunk Dallas on their home floor.
There was plenty to learn from the Mavs' disappointing and shocking loss on Oct. 29 against the Thunder, and here are the three biggest takeaways.
Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks loss to Thunder: 3. Need to make shots
The Mavs shot just 40 percent from the field, and they were eight of 40 from 3-point range. Dallas relies on their shooting. They are going to let Luka Doncic drive into the paint and create open looks, but the Mavericks did not sink them on Saturday night. Number 77 was just as guilt as he missed all six of his triples.
It was especially ghastly in the final four minutes of regulation when the Mavericks scored just two points. Dallas has struggled in clutch situations this season, and they got caught playing with their food on Saturday night. The Mavs cannot win when they shot that poorly from 3-point range. There were plenty of open looks, but Dallas did not hit them against the Thunder.