Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

The Dallas Mavericks (12-13) play against the Oklahoma City Thunder (17-17) at Paycom Center

Game Time: 7:00 PM EST on Sunday December 12, 2021

Dallas Mavericks 56, Oklahoma City Thunder 46 (Half)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Dallas Mavericks @dallasmavs
Up at the half.
#Lexus | #MFFL pic.twitter.com/eV7B41hf448:07 PM

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Without Luka, it’s a strength in numbers night for the Mavs who lead OKC 56-46. 10 players play. 10 players score. No one w/10+ pts. Moses w/9 Porzingis w/7. Mavs hold OKC to 6-21 FG in 2nd. Dort 10. SGA 9. 2nd half soon @theeagledallas8:06 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander blocking the lesser Australian. That’s what I call leadership. – 8:00 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Believe in something as strongly as the Mavericks believe in the take foul. – 7:59 PM
Jon Hamm @JonMHamm
I was afraid there might be some exciting Thunder basketball tonight but thankfully the Mavs are doing a bunch of take fouls to prevent it – 7:57 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Tim Hardaway Jr. went down and was holding his left leg. Looked like he (maybe) slipped and then (definitely) got trucked while fouling Lu Dort.
He walked off on his own. – 7:52 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Tim Hardaway Jr. trying to walk off a left ankle injury suffered when he got tangled up with Lu Dort. Mavericks up 44-33 with 5:06 remaining in first half. – 7:51 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
That was a pretty nasty collision between Dort and Hardaway. Both appear to be OK. They gave each other high fives as they walked off. – 7:51 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Moses Brown revenge game – 7:49 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
Frank Vogel says that Anthony Davis (left knee soreness) will miss a second straight game on Sun vs. ORL. Vogel says Davis got an ultrasound on the knee that showed everything was structurally intact. Vogel says AD will be day to day moving forward, but DAL on Weds is possible – 7:48 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Lol Josh Giddey is awesome. Poku couldn’t knock it down. – 7:48 PM
Bill Oram @billoram
Frank Vogel said Anthony Davis is out with left knee soreness for second straight game. Ultrasound showed everything is structurally sound. With two days until next game @ Dallas, Lakers hoping those days of rest can get Davis back on the court. – 7:46 PM
Dallas Mavericks @dallasmavs
Mo came ready to hoop 💪
@AcmeBrick | #MFFL pic.twitter.com/wzdR9jjzJx7:43 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is incredible great in the Mid-Range. – 7:34 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
OKC scores eight in a row to go up 27-25 late in the first quarter. – 7:33 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
that’s 40 consecutive games with a 3PM for @luthebeast 📊🔥 pic.twitter.com/CI9U0Hm38C7:33 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
My jaw just dropped on that Tre Mann step back. Pretty possession, SGA pocket pass to Mike, swing to Kenny, Swing to Tre, step back, splash. – 7:31 PM
Royce Young @royceyoung
Tre Mann does something every game now that really makes you think he can be a real good player. – 7:31 PM
Dallas Mavericks @dallasmavs
Strong finish in true 🦄 fashion pic.twitter.com/u1bhdQIZj37:28 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Darius Bazley looks like he has lost confidence in his shot. A really good ball fake opened him up, the hesitation killed the space on the open 3. – 7:24 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
The Moses Brown double-offseason-trade revenge game. – 7:24 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
OKC is letting the shot clock get way too low. A young, fast, Versatile team needs to play with pace. – 7:24 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Huge 3 by Bazley he was forced to take, great made shot around the rim by Giddey. Good stuff. – 7:19 PM
Dallas Mavericks @dallasmavs
Big block and triple-teamed bucket pic.twitter.com/7PwhLbJjib7:18 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
There’s never been a possession Moses Brown hasn’t called for the ball. – 7:15 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Moses Brown is the first sub for Dallas. Gets a rebound and a putback. Good to see Moses back in OKC. – 7:13 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
First 🖐 on the floor.
Presented by @EnableMidstream pic.twitter.com/rOIx7PpxUj6:59 PM

Dwain Price @DwainPrice
OKC coach Mark Daigneault on tonight’s game vs. the #Mavs: “We got to be like a really good shot-contesting team tonight. We’re not going to be overly obsessed with trying to turn them over, but we’re going to be obsessed with trying to make sure they’re (shooting) over a hand.” – 6:42 PM
Dallas Mavericks @dallasmavs
Your first five on the floor tonight.
@ModeloUSA | #FightingSpirit pic.twitter.com/v3Ds5IkUcD6:34 PM

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Mavs starters: DFS, Porzingis, Powell, Bullock, Brunson
OKC starters: Dort, Bazley, Earl-Robinson, Giddey, SGA
6:10 tip @theeagledallas6:33 PM
Mark Followill @MFollowill
From Jason Kidd pregame, Luka is out tonight at OKC & confirmed out tomorrow at home vs Charlotte. It’s a we’ll see after that. Has missed 4 games this yr w/ injured left ankle & tweaked it Friday in Indiana. Rest of the week schedule is home vs Lakers (Wed) & at Minnesota (Sun) – 6:32 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Luka Doncic will miss at least next two Mavs games after left ankle ‘flare up’
Also inside: Jason Kidd said Jalen Brunson will start in Luka’s spot (duh), and Sterling Brown (out for 4th straight game tonight) is aiming to return tomorrow. dallasnews.com/sports/maveric…6:03 PM
The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
Mavericks star Luka Doncic is expected to miss multiple games due to a left ankle injury.
➡ https://t.co/0D4wjxEMJA pic.twitter.com/x3AdToR7FE5:57 PM

Luka Doncic injury update: Mavericks star to miss multiple games with lingering ankle problem, per report
cbssports.com/nba/news/luka-…5:51 PM
Rod Boone @rodboone
Terry Rozier is no longer in the league’s health and safety protocols and is off the injury list, so he will be available to play against Dallas tomorrow. LaMelo, Mason Plumlee, Jalen McDaniels and Ish Smith all remain out. PJ Washington (non-COVID illness) is questionable. – 5:51 PM
Dallas Mavericks PR @MavsPR
Sterling Brown (left foot soreness), Willie Cauley-Stein (personal reasons) and Luka Dončić (left ankle soreness) will all miss tonight’s game in Oklahoma City. – 5:50 PM
Charlotte Hornets PR @HornetsPR
INJURY UPDATE: @Charlotte Hornets at DAL 12/13
PJ Washington (illness, non-COVID) is questionable
LaMelo Ball, Jalen McDaniels, Mason Plumlee and Ish Smith are in the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols and are OUT
#AllFly5:50 PM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Disappointing but no surprise that Mavs have ruled out Luka for tomorrow vs CHA as well as tonight in OKC. Mavs 8-16 last 3 yrs when Luka doesnt play (inc the MIA game in Dec 2019 when he played 1:40) 1-8 going back to start of last year. Mavs-OKC 6:10 tip @theeagledallas5:48 PM
Dwain Price @DwainPrice
With no Luka tonight vs. OKC, that’s more minutes for Jalen Brunson and Trey Burke. Jason Kidd said: “Brunson and Trey have to just stay in character. They don’t have to become Luka. We talked about that, and I think those guys are going to have a great game tonight.” – 5:45 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Jason Kidd said Luka Doncic will miss tonight vs. Thunder and tomorrow vs. Hornets after his left ankle “flare up” vs. Pacers on Friday night.
Mavs will reevaluate again before Wednesday vs. Lakers. dallasnews.com/sports/maveric…5:37 PM
Dwain Price @DwainPrice
Kidd said Luka (left ankle soreness) will not only miss today’s game at OKC, but he will also miss tomorrow’s home game against Charlotte. – 5:32 PM
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
Jason Kidd says Luka Doncic will sit out both games of the back-to-back after turning his sore left ankle again. “He continues to get treatment, and we’ll see how he feels for Wednesday’s game,” Kidd said. – 5:32 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Jason Kidd says Luka Doncic will miss both ends of this back-to-back. Said they’ll see how he feels for Wednesday’s game. – 5:31 PM
David Locke @DLocke09
1.21-22 Utah 9.7 (119.0 to 109.3)
2.03-04 Dallas 9.1 (111.4 to 102.3)
3.04-05 Suns 8.9 (114.4 to 105.5)
4.15-16 Warriors 8.3 (114.9 to 106.6)
5.06-07 Suns 8.2 (114.6 to 106.4)
6.14-15 Clippers 7.4 (113.2 to 105.8 pic.twitter.com/Wi77OP6nMh5:31 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Mark Daigneault announces the same starters.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Lu Dort
Josh Giddey
Darius Bazley
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl – 5:25 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Regular Thunder starters vs. Mavs
– Gilgeous-Alexander
– Giddey
– Dort
– Bazley
– Robinson-Earl – 5:25 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Mark Daigneault calls Luka Doncic “a dilemma the minute he crosses half court with the ball.” So it’s obvious when you take him out the team has to change. – 5:25 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Mark Daigneault said Jalen Brunson is a “a steady hand.” Said for a guy who doesn’t have great height “he is a load” physically. Says he makes the simple play. – 5:23 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Mark Daigneault said Dallas is a team that’s a lot different stylistically when Luka is out. Said their personal is the same but the coaches are different. “Expect more pace, more ball movement, and confident players Brunson, Hardaway, to be aggressive” – 5:23 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Mark Daigneault said the Mavericks are “ready to T up shots.” You can’t be “surprised at how aggressive they are” can’t sleep early in the possession. – 5:21 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Mavs star Luka Dončić is expected to miss multiple games due to persistent left ankle soreness that has already ruled him out tonight in Oklahoma City, league sources say.
A precise timetable is still being determined, sources say, as Dallas enters a Sunday/Monday back-to-back. – 4:37 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
The Thunder continues its lengthy four-game homestand with its first matchup of the season against the Dallas Mavericks.
@OUHealth Game Day Report
📝 | https://t.co/Ip2RputJki pic.twitter.com/YjjeWESncg4:00 PM

Dallas Mavericks @dallasmavs
2⃣ years ago today in Mexico City 🤩
@Luka Doncic @Kristaps Porzingis | #MFFL pic.twitter.com/ZJNSmYYYOS3:33 PM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
Quentin Grimes today:
✅ 27 PTS
✅ 3 STL
✅ 7-13 3P
The only player in NBA history with more 3PM in his first career start is Paul Watson with eight on April 16, 2021.
Grimes also set a @New York Knicks rookie record for most 3PM in a game. pic.twitter.com/5ojhEdleap3:23 PM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
📅 On this day in 2019, the @Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic had 41 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists in a 122-111 win over the Pistons in Mexico City.
Doncic became the first (and still only) player in NBA history to record multiple 40-point triple-doubles before his 21st birthday. pic.twitter.com/y9BkkPh6zB3:01 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Seven players are shooting at least 38% from 3-point range on 3+ attempts per game while averaging less than 20 minutes:
– Kevin Love
– Rudy Gay
– Mike Muscala
– Landry Shamet
– Otto Porter Jr
– Trey Murphy
– Facu Campazzo – 2:56 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
. @Callie Caplan is OKC for Mavs-Thunder tonight; Cowboys are whipping the WFT; I’m in Waco for No. 2 Baylor vs. No. 6 Villanova, along with 35 NBA scouts. Could make a joke about seeing higher-caliber of 🏀 but I’ll refrain. Oh, and @DickieV got a standing O when he came in. pic.twitter.com/mXQDfiQ26K2:45 PM

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