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NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Dallas

(Friday, December 1st)

Final Score: Dallas 109, Sacramento 90

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Playing despite a bruised retina, Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, helping Dallas to its 12th straight win, 109-90, over the Sacramento Kings.

Josh Howard led the way with 24 points for the Mavericks, who haven't trailed in their last four contests and haven't lost since dropping their first four games of the season. They're now two victories shy of a team record for longest winning streak, set at the start of the 2002-03 season.

Nowitzki, who ended 4-of-15 from the field, left Wednesday's 117-98 win over Toronto with blurred vision, caused by a bruised retina in his right eye.

"That was really my major concern tonight," Nowitzki said of his eye. "That was a very freaky moment in the game the other night where I couldn't see my teammates, so obviously that was a concern. It was great today."

Jerry Stackhouse and Devin Harris each scored 13 for the Mavs, who have beaten the Kings in seven of the last nine meetings.

Ron Artest scored 15 for Sacramento, which fell behind 38-19 after the first quarter and had a three-game winning streak broken.

"We knew of their past history in the first quarter, but we couldn't stop them," Kings coach Eric Musselman said. "Their three-point shots, seven of nine in the first 12 minutes...and again, they're a great basketball team."

Dallas outrebounded Sacramento 49-38. During the 12-game win streak, the Mavericks have outrebounded all but one opponent and have outrebounded the opposition by 10 or more boards six times during that span.

"We feel with the weapons that we have we're going to find enough points to win the game, but if we can sustain a good defensive effort every night, it's just going to give us a better chance to win the game," Stackhouse said.

A Kevin Martin three-pointer had the Kings within 10-9, but the Mavs rattled off a 12-3 spurt to gain control. Harris' three-point play finished the burst.

A 14-2 run to end the period catapulted Dallas to the 19-point cushion. Jason Terry's three-pointer finished the run and the Mavs held a commanding 62-41 lead at the half.

Dallas' margin grew to as many as 32 points, as Howard's three made it 80-48 midway through the third. It was 90-65 going into the fourth.

Game Notes

Anthony Johnson set a season-high with 10 assists for Dallas, while teammate DeSagana Diop had 10 rebounds...Erick Dampier scored 11 and had nine boards for Dallas...Martin ended with 13 points, while Francisco Garcia scord 12 for the Kings, who shot 44.2 percent...The Mavs set a season-best with 26 assists and ended 11-of-21 from three-point range...Nowitzki made all 10 of his free throws.

12/02 00:18:15 ET

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