Paul George scored a game-high 37 factors for the Thunder.(Photo: Mark D. Smith, USA TODAY Sports)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George scored 37 factors, Russell Westbrook added 27 and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame the absence of two common starters to beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-99 on Sunday evening.

Carmelo Anthony was dominated out about an hour earlier than tipoff due to a sore decrease again, and beginning heart Steven Adams sat out with a proper calf contusion.

Without Anthony, the Thunder’s different two superstars carried the offensive load, fueling a 26-10 run within the third quarter that broke open what had been a good recreation. Oklahoma City improved to 6-7, lacking its second straight after 4 consecutive losses.

Harrison Barnes had 22 factors and 13 rebounds, and Yogi Ferrell had 18 factors for the Mavericks. They have dropped 9 of their final 10 video games to fall to 2-12. Dallas is in a very powerful portion of its schedule, having misplaced each ends of a back-to-back towards Cleveland and Oklahoma City, and with video games towards San Antonio and Minnesota looming.

Oklahoma City led 44-42 after a subpar offensive first half for each groups. Westbrook and George mixed to go 5-of-18 from the sector within the half, however mixed to attain 32 of the Thunder’s 39 factors within the decisive third quarter.

With the sport tied 48-48 within the third quarter, Westbrook scored on a drive, after which George blew by Dirk NowitzkI for a dunk that led to a Dallas timeout. That began the Thunder’s mbadive run, which included three Three-pointers by Westbrook and one other by George. Westbrook’s remaining Three-pointer throughout that stretch put Oklahoma City up 74-58 with Three:35 left within the quarter.

George’s Three-pointer with 11:25 left within the recreation pushed the Thunder’s benefit to 88-67. A 9-2 run, capped by Yogi Ferrell’s Three-pointer, pulled Dallas inside 97-84 with 5:56 left however the Mavericks got here no nearer.

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TIP-INS: Mavericks — Devin Harris missed the sport due to bruised ribs he suffered in a loss Saturday to Cleveland. … The Mavericks went 11-of-37 from Three-point vary and have had no less than 9 Three-pointers in all 14 of their video games. …Official Sean Corbin issued technical fouls to each Nowitzki (within the second quarter) and coach Rick Carlisle (between the third and fourth quarters).

Thunder — On his 29th birthday, Westbrook selected to put on a pair of neon orange Air Jordan footwear in the course of the first half earlier than switching to a pair of black-and-blue Air Jordans for the second half. … The Thunder made a season-high 15 Three-pointers, in 32 makes an attempt. … Jerami Grant was given his first begin of the season rather than Anthony. … Rookie Dakari Johnson began at heart for the second straight recreation rather than Adams and matched up towards NBA legend Nowitzki within the put up to start the sport.

UP NEXT: Mavericks host San Antonio on Tuesday evening to begin a four-game homestand. Thunder host Chicago on Wednesday evening to wrap up a three-game homestand.

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