Mavs stage huge comeback to take 3-1 series lead

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City had a 15-point lead with five minutes left and a raucous crowd ready to celebrate a series-tying victory.

Instead, a longtime Thunder problem - closing out games - showed up again and now Oklahoma City is staring at a potential season-ending game at Dallas.

The Mavericks closed regulation with a 17-2 run to send Game 4 of the Western Conference finals to overtime, then Jason Kidd made a big 3-pointer.

The Dallas Mavericks rallied to stun the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-105 in overtime Monday night and take a 3-1 series lead. Dirk Nowitzki scored 40 points as the Mavs overcame a 15-point deficit in the final five minutes of regulation to force the extra period.

Game 5 is tomorrow night in Dallas.

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