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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 21: (L-R) Jason Terry #31, Peja Stojakovic #16, Brendan Haywood #33, Dirk Nowitzki #41 and Jose Juan Barea #11 of the Dallas Mavericks celebrate on the court in the second quarter while taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Oklahoma City Arena on May 21, 2011 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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.