Nowitzki, Mavs smother clunky Thunder

Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is looking to return from ankle surgery in April.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points and Dennis Smith Jr. had 15, and the host Dallas Mavericks stunned the struggling Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.

Russell Westbrook finished with 28 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists for the Thunder, and Carmelo Anthony scored 16. Paul George, however, had a strange game — passing for 10 assists, but finished just 1-of-12 shooting for two points.

Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes each added 12 points for the Mavs.