DALLAS -- The Mavericks have "a heart of a champion," says Kevin Durant. "Dallas is a championship-level team, no matter what their record is."
Ah, but OKC is a championship-level team and has the record to prove it. The Thunder downed the Mavs in a Friday night thriller, a 117-114 decision in yet another OT game, this time Durant as the tone-setter with 52 points.
This marks the Dallas Mavericks' second OT loss to the Thunder this season. Such disappointments are piling up for the Mavs; as hot as they've been lately, coming into this one on a four-game winning streak, they are 1-8 in overtime games this season.
Meanwhile, OKC is now a Western Conference-best 32-8 on the season, has six straight wins, and is 4-0 in OT.
So yes, the Mavs showed the heart of the champion this franchise was in 2011. But the Thunder continues to demonstrate the heart of a potential champion -- and the win-loss record of one, too.
The win was keyed by Durant's career-high 52 points, a performance ...