Mavs host Kings in crucial Game 4
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – The Sacramento Kings try to take a 3-1
lead in their best-of-seven series against the Dallas Mavericks, as the teams
continue their Western Conference quarterfinal set at American Airlines
After losing Games 1 and 2 at ARCO Arena, the Mavs returned home on Saturday
and crushed the Kings, 104-79, to pull within 2-1 in the series. Marquis
Daniels scored 22 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 21 points and eight rebounds
to lead Dallas to the win.
Antawn Jamison, who was awarded the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award,
contributed 20 points and Michael Finley netted 18 in the victory for the
Dallas, which has never rallied from an 0-2 deficit to win a best-of-seven
series, held a 56-46 edge on the boards in Game 3 and forced Sacramento into
a season-high 26 turnovers. The Mavericks did defeat the Utah Jazz 3-2 in the
first round of the 2001 NBA Playoffs after dropping the first two contests.
Mike Bibby and Chris Webber each scored a game-high 22 points for the fourth-
seeded Kings, who have never lost a playoff series after winning the first two
games. All-Star forward Peja Stojakovic had only seven points on 2-of-9
shooting in the loss for Sacramento.
The Kings made just 28-of-75 (37 percent) of their attempts from the field in
Dallas has lost four straight Game 4s in the postseason, while the Kings are
4-1 in their last five Game 4s.
Sacramento and the Mavericks are meeting for the third straight year in the
postseason. Dallas eliminated the Kings in seven games in the 2003 Western
Conference semifinals, while Sacramento dismissed the Mavericks in five games
in the 2002 conference semifinals.
Game 5 is scheduled for Thursday at ARCO Arena.