NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Dallas
(Saturday, November 3rd)
Final Score: Dallas 123, Sacramento 102
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Jose Barea scored a career-high 25 points on 4- for-4 shooting from three-point range and Josh Howard chipped in 27 points and seven rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks rebounded from a Friday night loss in Atlanta with a resounding 123-102 thumping of the Sacramento Kings in their home opener at American Airlines Center.
Barea was a more-than-sufficient fill-in for the Mavs' usual starting point guard, Devin Harris, who was a pre-game scratch after a collision during the Atlanta game sidelined him. The second-year man out of Northeastern started the game hot and remained hot, going 9-for-11 from the floor in his 28 minutes.
"He had a nice game, got off to a pretty good start," Mavs head coach Avery Johnson said of Barea. "I was expecting him to play well. He had a decent preseason and he was one of our few bright spots last night (against Atlanta)."
Dirk Nowitzki contributed 24 points and seven assists, while Jason Terry and Brandon Bass came off the bench to add 16 and 11, respectively. Dallas shot a blistering 65.2 percent (45-for-69) from the floor, nearly breaking an arena- record, and also hit 7-of-14 from beyond the arc and 26-of-29 free throws.
Kevin Martin led the Kings with 28 points and six rebounds, John Salmons dropped 27 points and dished out four assists, and Francisco Garcia pitched in with 23 points and six assists in filling in for the injured Mike Bibby at the point. Sacramento shot an impressive even 50 percent from the field itself, but had absolutely no answer for Dallas' constant offensive surges, and fell to 0-3.
Dallas led by as many as 13 in the opening quarter after DeSagana Diop completed a three-point play with under three minutes to go. The Kings matched baskets with the Mavs for the final 2 1/2 minutes of the quarter, and Dallas led 37-25 going into the second.
Barea led the way as Dallas continued its torrid shooting in the second period, allowing the Kings to generate some offense of their own while running out to a 71-56 halftime lead. Sacramento closed to within 12, at 56-44 with 4 1/2 minutes to go in the half, but Terry hit a three and Nowitzki canned three straight shots to extend the gap.
Howard keyed Dallas' next run, scoring the Mavs' first seven points of the second half. Martin kept Sacramento alive offensively, hitting four straight free throws and a driving scoop shot to bring the Kings within 16, but Barea canned a three with under 30 seconds remaining in the period to lift the Mavs over the century mark for a 101-83 lead heading into the fourth.
Sacramento never got closer than 20 points in the fourth, as Nowitzki and Bass paced Dallas, which didn't take its foot off the pedal or bring in its deep reserves until inside two minutes.
"We have a lot of offensive weapons," Terry said after the game. "We can draw a defense and kick to find somebody open. That is what we were doing so well tonight."
Dallas' 71 first-half points were its most in a single half since February 17, 2005, when it put up 74 against Phoenix...The single-game record for field- goal percentage in American Airlines Center is 68.4 percent...Diop finished with eight points and eight rebounds...In addition to Bibby, Sacramento was again without forward Ron Artest, who is serving a league-issues suspension to begin the season.
11/04 00:36:21 ET