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Storm back in Game 4, even series with Mavs

NBA: Playoffs-Oklahoma City Thunder at Dallas MavericksMay 13, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) reacts to a foul call against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second quarter in game four of the second round for the 2024 NBA playoffs at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 22 of his game-high 34 points in the second half as the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Dallas Mavericks 100-96 on Monday to even their Western Conference semifinal series at two wins apiece.

Chet Holmgren had 18 points, nine rebounds and four blocks, Luguentz Dort scored 17 points and Jalen Williams had 14 points and nine boards for Oklahoma City, which closed the game on a 20-10 run. The teams will play Game 5 in Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

PJ Washington led Dallas with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Luka Doncic added 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, Derrick Jones Jr. scored 17 points and Daniel Gafford added 10 points.

The top-seeded Thunder took their first lead since the start of the first quarter at 89-86 when Holmgren’s 3-pointer with 3:24 remaining in the fourth capped a 9-0 run.

After Williams scored four straight points to give Oklahoma City a 96-91 lead with 1:07 to play, Dereck Lively II converted 1 of 2 free throws and Jones scored with 33.1 seconds left to make it to make it a two-point game.

Doncic was fouled with 10.1 seconds to play and missed his first free throw before making his second. Dallas proceeded to quickly foul Holmgren, who converted two foul shots to give the Thunder a 98-95 lead with 9.4 seconds left.

Washington was fouled on its next possession and made just one of its two free throws before Gilgeous-Alexander sealed the comeback victory with a pair of foul shots.

Kyrie Irving finished with nine points and nine assists for Dallas, which went 12-for-23 (52.2 percent) from the foul line.

The fifth-seeded Mavericks opened the game on a 22-8 run and held a 30-20 lead at the end of the first quarter after shooting 5-for-11 from 3-point range.

Doncic scored 12 points in the first half for Dallas, which took a 54-43 lead at intermission. Oklahoma City shot 34.9 percent from the field and went 1-for-11 (9.1 percent) from deep in the first half.

The Thunder held the Mavericks to 15 points in the third quarter and scored the final five points of the period to stay within 69-65.

Oklahoma City earned the series split despite shooting 38 percent from the field and 7-for-27 (25.9 percent) from three-point range.

–Field-level media