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|Dallas Down Without Dirk
|UNDATED (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks are now 2-4 since Dirk Nowitzki sprained his right knee late last month.
The Oklahoma City Thunder were the latest team to take advantage of Nowitzki's extended absence as Kevin Durant scored 29 points in a 99-95 win over the Mavs. Russell Westbrook added 15 points and nine assists. Jeff Green had 16 points and nine rebounds.
Shawn Marion had a season-high 25 for the Mavericks
In the only other NBA game of the night, Sacramento scored 69 first-half points before completing a 119-102 blowout win over Denver. Tyreke (ty-REEK') Evans had 27 points and 12 rebounds for the Kings, who entered the game with a league-worst 7-25 record before dropping the Nuggets to 5-12 on the road.
Carmelo Anthony's 26 points led Denver.
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