NBA Game Summary - Dallas at Sacramento
(Thursday, December 22nd)
Final Score: Dallas 105, Sacramento 95
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki erupted for 37 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, to lead the Dallas Mavericks past Sacramento, 105-95, at ARCO Arena.
Jason Terry chipped in 19 points while Devin Harris contributed 15 points off the bench for Dallas, which has won four of its last five games.
"They have a good team. They have a lot of weapons on the floor and it all revolves around (Nowitzki)," said Kings head coach Rick Adelman.
Josh Howard posted a double-double in the win with 14 points and 13 rebounds. He also dished out six assists.
Mike Bibby scored 22 points and Shareef Abdur-Rahim finished with 13 points and eight boards for the Kings, who have dropped four in a row.
Nowitzki scored 11 unanswered points late in the fourth quarter to erase an 85-85 tie and give the Mavericks an 96-85 advantage.
The 7-foot forward went 4-for-4 from the line in the spurt, which was highlighted with a three-pointer from the left corner with a little over three minutes to play to make it 94-85. He followed moments later with a basket inside to cap the one-man run.
Sacramento countered with a 6-0 charge, led by four points from Bibby, to pull within five with 1:32 left on the clock.
Harris, though, hit four straight attempts from the charity stripe down the stretch to put the game away.
Nowitzki went 6-for-8 from the field and poured in 13 first-quarter points to help stake the Mavericks to a 33-21 lead. Dallas shot 61.5 percent from the floor in the stanza led by Terry, who was 4-for-5.
The Kings outscored Dallas 28-21 in the second quarter, however, to make it 54-49 at the half, and assumed a one-point lead after the third quarter.
"I have nothing against the way we played (Thursday)," Adelman said.
Kings forward Peja Stojakovic did not log any minutes Thursday and is expected to be out a week with a back injury. Also, Bonzi Wells suffered a knee injury in the opening quarter against Charlotte Monday and will miss the next three- to-four weeks...The Mavs have beaten the Kings eight of the last 10 times they have played... The Mavericks, who will close a three-game road trip on Friday against Seattle, are 9-4 away from home this season.
12/23 02:08:47 ET