Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/14/14
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Dallas Mavericks are in a two-game hole at the start of their title defense. Russell Westbrook scored 29 points, and Kevin Durant added 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 102-99 win over the reigning champions Monday. The Thunder took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven first-round playoff series. Dirk Nowitzki scored a game-high 31 points for Dallas, which got 15 points and eight rebounds from Shawn Marion. The next two games will be in Dallas, Thursday and Saturday. With the Thunder seeking to take control of the series, and the Mavericks looking to atone for a fourth-quarter collapse in Game 1, bad blood brewed and tempers flared early as both teams continued the emotional battle. The end result was Nowitzki and Perkins being called for a double technical foul after exchanging shoves with 5:04 remaining in the first quarter. The brief fracas started after Nowitzki took exception to a shot to the head by Serge Ibaka followin...

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