Mavericks crush undermanned Thunder

Posted at 03/17/2014 3:09 PM | Updated as of 03/17/2014 3:10 PM
Dallas Mavericks center Samuel Dalembert (1) fights for a loose ball with Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Photo by Mark D. Smith, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

Mavericks 109, Thunder 86

Shawn Marion scored 19 points to lead the Dallas Mavericks to victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The 23-point loss represented the largest margin of defeat for the Thunder this season.

With Thunder guard Russell Westbrook sitting out to rest, the Oklahoma City offense ran through forward Kevin Durant, who scored 30 points but made just 8-of-20 shots.

Dallas (40-27) received a balanced attack as Vince Carter recorded 18 points off the bench and Dirk Nowitzki added 17 to help the Mavs snap an 11-game losing streak to Oklahoma City.

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Spurs 122, Jazz 104

Manu Ginobili scored 21 points and the San Antonio Spurs won their 10th straight game, beating the Utah Jazz.

Spurs guard Tony Parker scored 18 points and the Spurs improved to 50-16, the best record in the NBA.

Utah fell to last in the Western Conference at 22-45.

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Pelicans 121, Celtics 120 (overtime)

Anthony Davis recorded career highs with 40 points and 21 rebounds and guard Tyreke Evans scored five of his 26 points in overtime to carry the New Orleans Pelicans to victory over the Boston Celtics.

Just one game after setting his career high with 36 points in a loss to Portland, Davis made 14-of-22 from the field and all 12 of his free throws to set a new record points tally.

Jeff Green had 39 for Boston. He made a three-point play to pull the Celtics (22-45) within one with 5.7 seconds left but the Pelicans (27-39) were able to run down the clock.