Every morning, we will give you five things from the night before in the NBA to start your day.
1: Taking all comers
Oklahoma City had to fight. There was no doubt about that. Dallas was in a sour mood following a blowout loss to San Antonio in its last outing. The Thunder lost an emotional road game against the Heat, but they knew they had to dig down and get a win to keep their home streak alive and keep pace in a now exciting and fast-paced Western Conference.
The Thunder's weaknesses -- namely that half-court offense and Russell Westbrook's shot selection at times -- were on display as the Mavericks took the Thunder to overtime and held a 10-point lead at various times in both halfs. Still Oklahoma City held serve on its home court surviving a buzzer-beating three from Darren Colison to send the game to overtime.
From there though, it was Russell Westbrook's show in a 10-2 run that enabled the Thunder to win 111-105 in overtime. Westbrook had eight of his 16 points in th...