NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Dallas
(Friday, March 5th)
Final Score: Dallas 108, Sacramento 100
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki had 15 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, leading Dallas to a 10th straight win, 108-100, over Sacramento.
Nowitzki connected on 12-of-26 shots and secured 12 rebounds, while rookie Rodrigue Beaubois scored a career-high 22 points in his second consecutive strong game with increased minutes due to Jason Terry's absence following facial surgery Friday.
Jason Kidd added 17 points and 12 assists, helping Dallas gain its longest winning streak in nearly two years. The Mavericks last ripped off 10 in a row during a franchise-best 17-game run from January 27-March 11, 2007.
"I really tried to be aggressive with Jet (Terry) being out and we needed everyone to push themselves, so I really tried to be aggressive," said Beaubois. "I'm feeling more confident out there and my teammates have been talking to me and everyday -- I'm feeling better."
Carl Landry had 21 points, while Beno Udrih and Tyreke Evans scored 20 each for Sacramento, which had won three of four coming in. Andres Nocioni added 15 points in his return from a two-game suspension.
The Kings led 26-24 after the opening quarter and opened up a 10-point advantage following a pair of Udrih free throws to cap an 8-2 run with about 6 1/2 minutes left until halftime.
Beaubois responded with consecutive threes and the Mavericks later ripped off nine straight points ending on five straight by Beaubois to move in front 50-48.
A Nocioni three-ball just before the horn had the visitors ahead 53-52, but Dallas exploded for 33 points in the third while holding Sacramento to 19.
Beaubois opened the second half on a alley-oop slam from Kidd, who dropped a three-pointer and followed with two free throws minutes later for a seven- point Mavs lead.
Nowitzki and Caron Butler put in consecutive baskets at the halfway point to increase the margin to 10 and the Kings went the final 4 1/2 minutes without a point to fall behind by 13, 85-72.
Nowitzki hit a pair of jumpers early in the second half to balloon the difference to 93-78, but Sacramento made a late run. Evans and Donte Greene struck from long distance during an ensuing 13-2 surge with Garrett Temple's three-point play shaving the deficit to four at 95-91 with 5:34 to play.
"We're a young team and don't have a lot of experience. So we're just trying to learn and get better," said Udrih.
Nowitzki scored the next five points for some breathing room, though, an Evans runner moments later still had the Kings within four and his finger-roll deuce with 1:36 to go made it 102-100.
That's as close as the Kings got, though, as Nowitzki sank four straight at the line and Kidd sealed it with another two. Evans and Greene both missed threes on the final two Sacramento possessions.
Dallas has won seven straight at home and sports a 22-9 mark as the host this season...Terry had successful surgery Friday to repair facial injuries sustained from an elbow in Wednesday's win over Minnesota...He'll return to action in 10-14 days...Nocioni was suspended after pleading no contest in California to drunken driving...Dallas has taken five straight overall against the Kings and is 13-2 in the past 15 matchups...Mavs coach Rick Carlisle was ejected at the 6:37 mark of the second quarter after receiving his second technical. It is his second ejection of the season...Dallas center Brendan Haywood left the game after just seven minutes with lower back tightness and did not return...Nowitzki has scored 30-plus points in four of his last six games...Butler and Shawn Marion both had 12 points in the win.
03/06 00:42:09 ET