NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Dallas|
(Saturday, March 29th)
Final Score: Dallas 103, Sacramento 100
Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Dirk Nowitzki had 19 points, seven rebounds
and seven assists to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 103-100 win over the
Monta Ellis added 17 points, Samuel Dalembert scored 15 and Shawn Marion
finished with 14 for the Mavericks, winners in two of their last three games.
With the win, Dallas is tied with the Memphis Grizzlies for the final playoff
spot in the Western Conference. The Grizzlies, however, have 10 games
remaining, while the Mavs have just eight.
"It's huge, every single game counts. We're trying to fight for a playoff
spot. We've gotta push it, we've gotta control what we can control," said
Rudy Gay poured in a game-high 30 points and DeMarcus Cousins added 17 points,
seven rebounds and five assists for the Kings, losers in three straight.
Reggie Evans scored six points and pulled down 18 rebounds in the setback.
"I loved how we played in that second half -- held them to 40 percent. I
believe in the second half," said Kings coach Mike Malone. "Third quarter was
terrific after Reggie Evans set the tone for us, his physicality, his defense,
his rebounding. But as a group, to hold that team with the offensive firepower
they have to 40 percent in the second half is tremendous."
Cousins' turnaround hook with 5:22 remaining gave the Kings an 87-82 lead,
however, Dallas countered with a 12-2 run to take a 94-89 lead with 2:13 to
go. Marion capped the surge with a pair of free throws followed by a 3-
Gay had the Kings within three after throwing down a slam just inside the two-
minute mark, but Nowitzki scored four straight free throws to all but seal the
Ben McLemore hit a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left to get the Kings within
three and Travis Outlaw's triple at the buzzer rimmed out as the Mavs held on
for the win.
Dallas jumped out to a 26-19 lead after 12 minutes. The Mavs led by as many as
17 in the second before taking a 54-42 lead into the break. Sacramento
outscored the hosts 28-18 in the third to cut the deficit to 72-70 entering
the final frame.
Dallas scored 25 points off 20 Sacramento turnovers ... The Kings will travel
to New Orleans on Monday ... The Mavericks will host Golden State on Tuesday
... Jose Calderon finished with 11 points for Dallas ... Sacramento outscored
the Mavs 60-38 in the paint.
03/30 00:04:59 ET