OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Last postseason, Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks rode a wave of late-game comebacks to win the franchise's first NBA title. Now the Oklahoma City Thunder are showing the Mavs how it feels to be on the other side.
TORONTO (AP) — Yu Darvish acknowledged it felt strange to face the Blue Jays. That didn't stop him from shutting down their lineup. Darvish won his third straight start, Mitch Moreland and Craig Gentry homered and the Texas Rangers beat Toronto 4-1 on Monday night.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki was hoping for the same kind of friendly bounce that allowed Kevin Durant to put the Oklahoma City Thunder ahead in their first-round playoff series. When Nowitzki didn't get it, the Dallas Mavericks could only settle for another frustratingly close loss and an uphill climb to survive in their first postseason since winning the NBA title.
ARLINGTON (AP) — It took 10 starts for David Price to earn a win against Texas — and nearly a month for the Rangers to lose a series this season. Price beat Texas for the first time in his career and the Tampa Bay Rays won 5-2 on Sunday night, becoming the first team to take a series from the Rangers this year.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant was determined to not let the Oklahoma City Thunder lose another playoff game at home to Dallas. He scored 25 points and hit the winning jumper from the foul line with 1.5 seconds left to give the Thunder a 99-98 victory over the Mavericks on Saturday night in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series — a rematch of last year's Western Conference finals.