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NBA Playoffs 2016: Oklahoma Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks Game 4 Preview

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Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder. |

The Dallas Mavericks is out to keep playoff hopes alive, as they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game four of their first round series at the 2016 NBA Playoffs.

The fourth game is slated to take place on Saturday, April 23rd, at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas.

The first game took place last April 16th in Oklahoma, with the home team drawing first blood with a final tally of 108-70. It was the combined efforts of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook that helped the Thunder achieve victory.

Westbrook finished the game with a double-double, dropping 24 points, along with five rebounds and 11 assists, shooting 7 out of 15 from the field, through 29 minutes of playing time.

Durant, meanwhile, finished the game with 23 points, along with five rebounds and five assists, shooting 7 out of 15 from the field, through 26 minutes of playing time.

The Mavericks were able to even out the series in Game two last April 18th, eking their way to victory with a final score of 85-84. It was Dallas' team effort defensively that helped them come out with the win, as they were able to hold down Oklahoma to merely 33.7 field goal shooting for the entire night.

Point guard Raymond Felton was the star of the night for the Mavericks, scoring 21 points, along with 11 rebounds and three assists, shooting 8 out of 16 from the field, through 41 minutes of playing time.

The Thunder bounced back big in Game three, routing the hosting Mavericks with a final score of 131-102.

Kevin Durant was once again the man of the hour for his team, scoring 34 points, along with seven rebounds, and three assists, shooting 11 out of 25 from the field, through 37 minutes of playing time. And for him, he only did what thought would be of big help for his Oklahoma.

"When I play well, I don't throw a party for myself afterward. If I play terrible, I'm not going to go out and change anything up," Durant said in an NBA.com report. "I'm going to go out there and do the same thing I've been doing."

Westbrook, on the other hand, had another double-double game, scoring 26 points, along with 15 assists.

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