Inside the numbers: Mavs-Thunder Game 4

May, 24, 2011
5/24/11
4:11
PM CT
From the crack staff at ESPN Stats and Information and the Elias Sports Bureau:

* The Mavericks came back from 15 points down -- their largest deficit of the game -- with 4:48 remaining in the fourth quarter and beat the Thunder in overtime 112-105. Dallas is the only team in the past 15 seasons to win a playoff game in which it trailed by 15 or more points with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. The Mavericks outscored the Thunder 28-6 over the final 9:48 (4:48 of regulation plus overtime). As for a Thunder comeback, in NBA playoff history, when a team goes up 3-1 in a seven-game series it has gone on to win the series 192 out of 200 times (96.0 percent), including a 6-0 record this postseason.

* Dirk Nowitzki came back to score 40 points (12-for-20 FG) after he scored 48 points (12-for-15 FG, 24-for-24 FT) in Game 1. FROM ELIAS: Nowitzki became the first NBA player with two games in the same playoff series in which he scored 40 points and shot at least 60 percent from the floor since Shaquille O’Neal had a pair of games like that for the Lakers in the 2000 Finals against the Pacers.

FROM ELIAS: The Thunder lost to the Mavericks despite out-rebounding them 55-33 (plus-22), becoming the first NBA team in just over 25 years to lose a playoff game in which it had such a wide rebounding advantage. The last such game came on April 18, 1986, when the Washington Bullets defeated the 76ers, 95-94, although Philadelphia won the battle of the boards, 58-29 (plus-29).

FROM ELIAS: It’s the second time in the 2011 playoffs a team has won a game after overcoming a fourth-quarter deficit of 15 or more points. The Trail Blazers overcame an 18-point Dallas lead to win a first-round game on April 23. Prior to this year, no NBA team had won a playoff game by overcoming a fourth-quarter deficit of 15 or more points in any of the last eight years.

NEXT LEVEL: The Thunder offense changed drastically after James Harden fouled out at the 4:48 mark of the fourth quarter. Prior to Harden fouling out, the Thunder focused their offensive attention on the inside game. After Harden fouled out, though, the Thunder settled for long-range shots, missing their only two field goal attempts inside of 15 feet in the last nine minutes and 48 seconds of the game.

NEXT LEVEL: The Thunder offense, on the whole, broke down once James Harden left the game. The Thunder ran 25 pick-and-roll plays prior to Harden fouling out but ran just two afterward. The transition offense also stalled, with the Thunder picking up 17 points on 14 transition plays prior to Harden fouling out. Afterward, the Thunder failed to score on their only transition play. This postseason, Harden has scored the eighth-most points as a pick-and-roll ball handler and the sixth-most transition points.

NEXT LEVEL: Nowitzki played well overall but played even better during the second and fourth quarters, combining for 29 points on 9-of-12 shooting, including 9-of-10 from the free throw line. Dirk scored all 12 of his fourth-quarter points, including the game-tying free throws, as the Mavericks rallied from a 15-point deficit with a 17-2 run over the final five minutes of regulation.

NEXT LEVEL: In the first three quarters of the game, Dirk Nowitzki had an offensive touch on 44.8 percent of the possessions he was on the court. In the fourth quarter and overtime, the Mavs started getting the big man the ball. Nowitzki received an offensive touch on 62.9 percent of the possessions he was on court, including eight of the 10 overtime possessions for the Mavericks.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Monta Ellis
PTS AST STL MIN
20.4 4.6 1.8 33.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsT. Chandler 11.9
AssistsR. Rondo 6.5
StealsM. Ellis 1.8
BlocksT. Chandler 1.3