The Dallas Mavericks are looking to go up 3-1 tonight when they face the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.
Both Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki and the Thunder's Kevin Durant are coming off disappointing games. Nowitzki, who scored 48 points in Game 1 managed only 18 points Saturday. Durant was limited to 22 points on 7-for-22 shooting, including 0 for 8 from 3-point range.
Meanwhile the Thunder are trying to use the same formula as the Dallas Mavericks to even up the Western Conference finals: Get angry and get a win.
After claiming home-court advantage with a win in Dallas in Game 2, the Thunder got flattened in the first quarter of Game 3 and gave it right back.
They fell into a humbling 23-point hole in the first 14 minutes on their home floor, and never could climb their way out of it. The Mavs won 93-87.
Now, they face what guard Daequan Cook calls a "must-win" situation in Game 4 on Monday night. Otherwise, Oklahoma City would be behind 3-1 when the series shifts back to Dallas.
All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook said Sunday "you have to be angry" after a loss at home.