"It's Tough. Sh*t Happens": Mavericks’ Historic Loss Was A 2-in-10,000 Chance

Over the last 25 years in the NBA there have been 9,976 games in which a team led by 16 or more in the final four minutes. Those teams were 9,975-1. Somehow, the Dallas Mavericks joined the wrong end of that stat Saturday night. 

After a 117-111 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in overtime, you can make that 9,975-2 now for teams in that situation. 

Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd had an interesting explanation for what might have happened.  

Kidd said that they tried a different closing lineup during the meltdown down the stretch: “We left (Christian) Wood out there with that group and it didn’t go well on either end.” Wood has been playing as the sixth man primarily, with the second unit, and has been off to a great start in that role. 

But really, the Mavs can always chalk this up to the prime-time performance of Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. He simply refused to lose.

SGA racked up 38 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds, and is the first Thunder player to score at least 150 points in the first five games of a season since Russell Westbrook in 2016. 

"It's tough. Sh*t happens," was the way that Kidd summed it up.