Steven Adams' late basket is disallowed, Dallas Mavericks defeat Oklahoma City Thunder

Steven Adams' late basket is disallowed, Dallas Mavericks defeat Oklahoma City Thunder
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban celebrates with center Salah Mejri (50) after the Mavericks defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, 85-84, in Game 2. (J Pat Carter / Getty Images)

The Oklahoma City Thunder thought they had stolen one.

The home fans were celebrating, streamers were falling onto the court and the Thunder, despite a shaky performance, appeared to have taken a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks.


But the Mavericks escaped.

An apparent game-winning putback at the buzzer by the Thunder's Steven Adams was disallowed upon review Monday night and the Mavericks won, 85-84, at Oklahoma City to even the series at 1-1.

The Mavericks, 108-70 losers Saturday in Game 1, held the Thunder to 33.7% shooting. Kevin Durant scored 21 points for the Thunder but missed 26 of 33 shots.

"I'm very proud of our guys and the way they responded after one of the most disappointing games in franchise history," Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle said. "It's a group with a lot of pride and, obviously, a lot of resilience."

Raymond Felton had 21 points and 11 rebounds and Dirk Nowitzki scored 17 points for the Mavericks.

Durant endured the worst shooting performance of his career, both by percentage and number of misses.

"It was a bad shooting night for me," he said. "It's part of it. I wish it didn't happen tonight, but it's a part of it. I got some great looks all night and I just didn't knock them down. It was just one of those nights."

at Toronto 98, Indiana 87: Jonas Valanciunas had 23 points and 15 rebounds and Kyle Lowry had 18 points, nine assists and seven rebounds to help the Raptors end a seven-game playoff losing streak.

The Raptors had not won a playoff game since April 30, 2014, when they defeated the Brooklyn Nets, 115-113.

Corey Joseph scored 16 points, Patrick Patterson added 14 and DeMar DeRozan had 10 as the Raptors evened the first-round series at 1-1.

Paul George scored 28 points and Monta Ellis 15 for the Pacers, who host Game 3 on Thursday night.

Lowry and DeRozan both struggled with their shooting in Saturday's Game 1 loss, combining to make eight of 32 shots. Neither was particularly sharp in Game 2, Lowry making four of 13 shots and DeRozan five of 18.