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Westbrook had a very subpar game for him,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “I though we did some good things against him, but I also thought he just had an off game.”

Durant, who scored 40 points, started out by making his first six shots but the Thunder quickly faded when he started missing and Westbrook couldn’t connect either.

Durant’s first two misses came in the midst of a 13-0 run that put Dallas ahead to stay in the final 3 minutes of the first half. Oklahoma City missed its final six shots of the first half, failing to make a basket after Kendrick Perkins inadvertently bloodied Shawn Marion’s nose with his right elbow on his way in for a layup with 4:26 remaining.

Westbrook came up empty on three drives into the lane, Perkins had a shot swatted by Tyson Chandler and Durant missed a pair of jumpers. Westbrook also missed twice in the opening minutes of the third quarter as Dallas’ lead continued to grow into double digits.

“I have a lot of faith in my teammates. I believe in them,” Durant said. “No matter if they miss 10 shots in a row, I’m still going to pass them the ball. I’m still going to have trust in them.

“That’s what it’s all about. We have to lean on each other. One guy can’t win a series. Two guys can’t win a series, so we’ve got to stick together.”

The Thunder’s point guard problems didn’t end with Westbrook. Backup Eric Maynor was scoreless in 10 minutes and Nate Robinson _ getting some rare minutes outside of garbage time _ couldn’t handle J.J. Barea, who scored 12 of his 21 points during an early fourth-quarter stretch when Robinson was guarding him.

“I felt that we needed a spark,” Brooks said. “That’s one of the things that (Robinson) does. He brings energy, he brings some toughness. I thought we’d have a spark. We had a little spark, but it wasn’t enough.”