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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CT23:00 , January 27, 2020
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  Attendance: 18,203

Thunder put five-game win streak on line against Mavs

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Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder

  1. Dallas and Oklahoma City will meet for the second of three games this season, with the Thunder winning the first matchup 106-101 on Dec. 31. The Mavericks are 2-12 this season when scoring 107 points or fewer and are 26-5 when scoring 108 or more.
  2. The Thunder are riding a five-game winning streak after beating Minnesota 113-104 on Saturday. Oklahoma City held a 28-22 lead in the first frame and its 19-3 record (.864 win percentage) when leading after the first quarter is second best in the NBA this season (Mil, 28-2, .933).
  3. The Mavericks lost 112-107 in Utah on Saturday while making just seven free throws, tied for a season low. Dallas is converting on just 69.3 percent of its free throw opportunities in its last 10 games, lowest in the league over that span.
  4. Danilo Gallinari is 27-for-47 (57.4%) from three-point range in the second half of his last 10 games. This season, he is shooting 35.0 percent from deep in the first half and 47.0 in the second half, the second-largest improvement after halftime in the NBA this season (Svi Mykhailiuk, +12.7%) among players who have played in 70 percent of their team's games.
  5. Kristaps Porzingis is fourth in the league at 2.06 blocks per game. He has blocked at least one shot in each of his last 13 games, the second-longest active streak in the NBA (Hassan Whiteside, Por, 27 games).
  6. The Thunder have limited their opponents to an average of 7.6 fast break points during their five-game winning streak. This season, Oklahoma City has the best transition defense in the league, allowing just 10.4 fast break points per game.
(AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

The last time Dallas visited Oklahoma City, the Mavericks led most of the way before Chris Paul caught fire, scoring 13 points in the final 4:31 to lift the Thunder to a come-from-behind victory on Dec. 31.

Going into Monday night's rematch between the teams in Oklahoma City, Dallas is still trying to figure out how to win tight games, especially on the road.

The Mavericks have plenty of impressive road wins -- at Milwaukee, the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver among them. But Dallas has struggled late in close games.

Of the Mavericks' 17 losses, 12 have come by five points or fewer or in overtime.

"I think we're still learning how to play under high pressure," Dallas forward Kristaps Porzingis told the Dallas Morning News after yet another close Mavericks loss Saturday night in Utah. "And that's what happens in these close games, especially on the road."

That was a sentiment echoed by Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle.

"We've got a young team that's getting experience in these kinds of hostile environments," Carlisle said. "And you know we're going to learn from this and we've got to get better."

Dallas comes into Monday's game having won five of its last seven, though the wins have come by an average of 13 points.

The Thunder have won five consecutive games and 22 of their last 30.

While Dallas has struggled in close games late, Oklahoma City has thrived.

The Thunder have played more games than any team in the league in clutch situations -- games where the margin is five points or fewer in the final five minutes. Oklahoma City is 20-12 in such situations, including a handful of comebacks similar to the one against the Mavericks to end 2019.

"It's been a special team," Paul said. "Given the situation night-in, night-out, unsure of who's going to play, we just step up and we don't really care."

While Oklahoma City got Steven Adams back Saturday after the starting center had missed two games with a sprained ankle, he struggled in his 23 minutes.

He was held scoreless for just the second time this season -- the other was against Houston on Jan. 20 when Adams suffered the ankle injury in the opening two minutes and didn't return. He also had just one rebound, his fewest this season with the exception of that game against the Rockets.

The Thunder have plenty of uncertainty elsewhere in the lineup.

Forward Danilo Gallinari missed Saturday's game with a left thumb injury. It's unclear whether he'll be available Monday. Guard Terrance Ferguson has missed five consecutive games for personal seasons.

Nerlens Noel, Adams' backup in the middle, has been dealing with an ankle injury of his own but missed Saturday's game after undergoing surgery to repair a cheek fracture that occurred in Friday's win over Atlanta. Noel's timetable for return is unclear.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 27, 2020

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