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Charlie Villanueva had a message for Russell Westbrook after pre-game incident

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Game two between Dallas and Oklahoma City ended in exciting fashion as a Steven Adams put back was ruled to be after the final buzzer and the Mavericks left the Chesapeake Energy Arena with an 85-84 win to tie the series at 1-1.

However, despite the exhilarating end to the night, most of the post-game talk surrounded an incident that occurred before tipoff. 

Russell Westbrook and Cameron Payne's now infamous pre-game dance was interrupted by Charlie Villanueva and Justin Anderson. The five-time All-Star and two-time game MVP was less than impressed with the actions of the Mavericks duo and he - along with Kevin Durant - had some choice words for them in a press conference. 

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31-year-old Villanueva has since responded to the post-game comments and appears to have little sympathy for the point guard and his teammates. 

In a Fox ProCast video, the power forward said: "If you want to go dancing and stuff like that, go to a nightclub. Go to a club and dance. Go to 'Dancing With the Stars' and be a dancer.

"You want to battle and dance, we can battle, but not in a basketball game. Plus, they were in my way, too, so I wasn't necessarily interrupting their dance."

Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

Before adding in a blog post: "Now listen, I'm all for pregame hype and rituals. I do them myself all the time. BUT bro, when your pregame routine starts off with '5-6-7-8' that's just too much. I wasn't feeling all that right in front of me. Take that to the nightclub or to your side of the court. All due respect, but naaah."


The issues between the two sides only adds fuel to the fire of what is gearing up to be one of the most exciting first-round series in the playoffs this year.

Nobody really expected the Mavericks to leave Oklahoma City with anything, but heading back to Texas the series is tied and there is a real chance we could be treated to an extended run of games. 

Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

Durant's record amount of misses, coupled with Raymond Felton and Deron Williams' impressive displays produced a shock result and showed the Mavs that they can overcome the notoriously inconsistent Thunder. 

With Westbrook and KD, OKC will remain favourites to advance to the semifinals. However, take game three and Dallas will certainly heap the pressure on their opponents and their superstar names.

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