Mavericks vs. Thunder: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Mavericks vs. Thunder: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

The Dallas Mavericks (17-18) play against the Oklahoma City Thunder (22-22) at Paycom Center

Game Time: 7:00 PM EST on Sunday January 2, 2022

Dallas Mavericks 0, Oklahoma City Thunder 0 (7:00 pm ET)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Aleksej Pokusevski started 28 of his 45 games last season. This is his first stat this season. – 7:08 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Only two officials tonight for Thunder-Mavericks. Brent Barnaky is out. – 7:05 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Touched down in Dallas 🛬 PM

Mark Followill @MFollowill
Mavs at Thunder about to start on BSSW. Luka, Hardaway and Kleber return from health and safety protocols. Jason Kidd said before the game he expects them to be on a minutes limit. Porzingis is out on the front end of back to back before a home game vs Denver tomorrow – 6:58 PM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Mavs will use their 15th different starting lineup:
DFS, Kleber, Powell, Brunson, Doncic.
OKC starters: Wiggins, Pokusevski, Roby, Giudei Jerome.
6:10 tip @theeagledallas6:46 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
The Mavs’ starting lineup tonight vs. Thunder includes Luka Doncic for the first time in 23 days:
Luka, Jalen Brunson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell – 6:38 PM
Dallas Mavericks @dallasmavs
Your first five on the floor tonight.
@ModeloUSA | #FightingSpirit PM

Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis have played together in just 15 of the Mavs’ 35 games this season.
Ain’t gonna happen again tonight:…6:06 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Mask and all, Maxi Kleber back with the Mavericks. PM

Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Getting ready for all those corner threes Dorian Finney-Smith hopes to get tonight with return of Luka. PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Murray, Porter, Morris (H&S Protocols), Howard, Dozier, Hyland (H&S Protocols), Green (H&S Protocols) & Nnaji (H&S Protocols) are all out against Dallas.
Gordon & Cancar are probable. PM

Dallas Mavericks @dallasmavs
We’ve missed that Luka Magic 🪄
He’s back.
@Luka Doncic | #NBAAllStar PM

Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Maxi Kleber all available and will play on a minutes restriction, per Jadon Kidd. He called a Christmas gift. – 5:42 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Jason Kidd with the Mavs’ pre-OKC rundown:
Luka, THJ and Maxi will be active, will have minute limit “because I don’t even know how long they’ve been out.”
Ntilikina is back after missing Friday with a left thigh contusion.
KP will rest first the night of back to back. – 5:42 PM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
JKidd makes it official: Luka, Hardaway and Kleber are all in the lineup tonight. Ntilikina too. KP will rest. 6:00 tip @theeagledallas5:41 PM
Dallas Mavericks PR @MavsPR
Frank Ntilikina (left thigh contusion) will be available for tonight’s game in Oklahoma City. – 5:40 PM
Eddie Sefko @ESefko
Lu Dort and SGA our tonight for OKC. Former Mac Isaiah Roby will start. – 5:32 PM
Callie Caplan @CallieCaplan
Thunder interim coach Mike Wilkes said Lu Dort will not play tonight vs. Mavs. Already knew Shai Gilgeous-Alexander won’t because of COVID.
2019 Mavs draft pick Isaiah Roby will get another start … as if you needed yet another reason to watch this highly anticipated clash! – 5:20 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Thunder starters vs. Mavs:
– Giddey
– Jerome
– Wiggins
– Pokusevski
– Roby – 5:20 PM
Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Per Mike Wilks: OKC also without Lu Dort (Knee soreness) and his 16 pts/gm as well as SGA tonight vs Mavs 6:00 tip @theeagledallas5:19 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Mike Wilks will start:
Josh Giddey
Aaron Aaron Wiggins
Ty Jerome
Aleksej Pokusevski
Isaiah Roby – 5:19 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Lu Dort (left knee soreness) is out tonight, per Mark Daigneault. Dort will be reevaluated tomorrow. So no SGA, no Dort tonight. – 5:19 PM
Golden State Warriors PR @WarriorsPR
Forty years ago today, Warriors Hall of Famer and Legend Al Attles captured his 500th-career victory as a coach via a 119-100 victory over Dallas. He remains the franchise’s leader in coaching victories and led the Warriors to their first NBA Championship in the Bay Area in 1975. PM

Fred Katz @FredKatz
A very different RJ Barrett after this timeout. He’s attacking like he did against OKC the other night. – 4:27 PM
Dallas Mavericks @dallasmavs
Check out our Top 🖐 Plays of the Week!
@att | #MFFL PM

Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
After closing out 2021 with a win over the Knicks, the Thunder opens the New Year with a test against the Dallas Mavericks.
@OUHealth Game Day Report
📝 | PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Fifteen of the NBA’s 30 teams have already used 20+ players this season and (with an assist from the tireless Alan Rakowski in @Dallas Mavericks PR) here’s the leaderboard entering Sunday play:
Mavericks 24
Pistons 24
Hawks 23
Cavaliers 22
Lakers 22
Wizards 22
More: marcstein.substack.com3:15 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
Here’s what we’re wearing in January.
Which are you repping this month? PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Thunder-Mavs injury report, as of now. PM

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