At the half: Mavs 52, Thunder 49

DALLAS -- The Thunder got hot. The Mavs are hanging in there.

Dallas has a three-point lead despite getting next to nothing offensively from Dirk Nowitzki, who has only two points on 1-of-7 shooting.

After a cold-shooting first quarter, Oklahoma City displayed the kind of firepower that makes the Thunder the Western Conference favorite. OKC co-superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 24 points in the half.

The Mavs’ offense has been an impressive show of balance with three key players missing. Jason Terry leads the Mavs with 11 points -- all in the second quarter -- and six other Dallas players have scored at least five points.