Durant's Dagger Rescues Thunder

Durant's Dagger Rescues Thunder

Good news for the Thunder: Kevin Durant shot poorly until that feathery jumper in the final seconds that wouldn't have broken an egg shell but broke Maverick hearts.

Bad news for the Thunder: The old Russell Westbrook indeed has returned, now two games running, and Serge Ibaka produced a monster game. And still the Thunder needed a bounce just before the buzzer to beat the seventh-seeded Mavericks.

The Thunder beat Dallas 99-98 Saturday night in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series. Typical Thunder-Mavs.

Close all the way. Dallas beat OKC in five games of the 2011 West finals, with no game decided by double digits. Saturday night, neither team ever led by double digits.

So sit down, buckle in and get ready for a wild series.

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