Thursday , Apr , 29 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Kings hope to send Mavs packing

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – The Dallas Mavericks try to stave off
elimination tonight, as they visit the Sacramento Kings at ARCO Arena for Game
5 of their Western Conference quarterfinal set.

With the Kings leading the series 2-1, Mike Bibby scored a game-high 22
points to lead Sacramento over Dallas, 94-92, in Game 4 on Monday at American
Airlines Center.

Peja Stojakovic added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings, who received 13
points and 15 rebounds from Doug Christie. With Monday’s win, Sacramento
snapped a four-game playoff slide in Dallas.

Dirk Nowitzki posted 21 points and 14 boards for the Mavericks, who lost the
first two games of this series at ARCO Arena. Michael Finley finished with 16
points for Dallas in the loss, while Steve Nash scored 11 points, grabbed
seven rebounds and dished out nine assists.

The Mavericks have won four of their last seven Game 5s in the postseason,
while the Kings are 3-3 in their last six Game 5s.

Dallas is 3-1 in its last four playoff games when facing elimination. The
Mavericks have never comeback to win a best-of-seven series when trailing 3-1.

Sacramento is 1-3 in its last four playoff games when it has the chance to
knock their opponent out of the postseason. The Kings have never fell in a
best-of-seven series after they grabbed a 3-1 advantage.

The Kings and the Mavericks are meeting for the third straight year in the
postseason. Dallas eliminated Sacramento in seven games in the 2003 Western
Conference semifinals, while the Kings dismissed the Mavericks in five games
in the 2002 conference semifinals.

The Mavericks are 2-6 all-time at ARCO Arena in the postseason.

If Dallas wins tonight, Game 6 would be played on Sunday at American Airlines
Center.

The winner of this series will meet the victor of the Denver/Minnesota
matchup.

DAL SAC