NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Dallas
(Thursday, February 24th)
Final Score: Dallas 122, Sacramento 113
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki posted 34 points and 11 rebounds and Marquis Daniels collected 29 points, nine boards and eight assists, as Dallas used a big fourth quarter to rally for a 122-113 win over the Sacramento Kings.
Michael Finley netted 22 points and Josh Howard recorded 16 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks, who have won six straight and seven of their last eight contests.
"I didn't expect to play as much, but it was one of those games where things were going good for me," said Daniels.
Cuttino Mobley and Mike Bibby scored 26 points apiece for the Kings, who have dropped seven of their last nine contests. Darius Songaila registered 23 points and 12 boards in the loss and Brad Miller chipped in 16 points and 15 rebounds.
Both of these teams played with just eight available players after making deals before Thursday's trade deadline. The Kings shocked the league late Wednesday night when they dealt perennial All-Star forward Chris Webber along with reserve forwards Matt Barnes and Michael Bradley to Philadelphia for forwards Kenny Thomas, Corliss Williamson and Brian Skinner.
Meanwhile, the Mavericks acquired forward Keith Van Horn from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for center Calvin Booth, forward Alan Henderson and cash considerations. Neither team had any of its new acquisitions in uniform for Thursday's game.
The Kings held an 88-82 edge after three quarters of play and they were able to push that lead to 98-89 early in the fourth quarter. However, Dallas responded with a 17-7 burst to take the lead for good at 106-105. Daniels' dunk with just under nine minutes left began the stretch and Nowitzki's short jumper in the lane gave the Mavs a 106-105 advantage with 4:39 remaining.
Dallas kept the pressure on and saw its' lead grow to 117-110 after Finley hit a three-pointer with 1:42 left. Sacramento would cut the deficit to 117-113 after Mobley's basket with 1:07 left, but the Kings were unable to score again.
The Mavericks jumped out to a quick start, scoring the first 10 points of the game. However, Dallas responded with a 17-6 stretch to grab its first lead of the contest. The Mavericks would hold a 27-23 advantage after one quarter of play.
Dallas pushed its cushion to 49-37 after Devin Harris drilled a three-pointer with 5:33 left in the second quarter. The Kings were able to cut into that deficit and trailed by a 58-55 score at halftime.
Daniels posted 16 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in the opening half for Dallas, while Bibby netted 16 points for the Kings.
Sacramento was able to take an 88-82 lead into the fourth quarter after outscoring the Mavericks, 33-24, in the third period.
Sacramento played without forward Peja Stojakovic, who was sidelined with a strained right hamstring...The Kings made 30-of-35 free throws, while Dallas made just 12-of-17 from the stripe...Harris finished with 11 points despite leaving the game with a strained neck late in the third quarter after Sacramento's Miller knocked him down with a vicious screen. Dallas head coach Don Nelson came out to argue that the play was a foul and wound up being ejected from the game...The Mavericks have won four straight and seven of their last eight meetings with Sacramento.
02/25 01:48:03 ET