Dallas streaks past Sonics
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki poured in 29 points and pulled
down 12 rebounds, as Dallas ran its winning streak to seven games with a
104-97 triumph over the Seattle SuperSonics.
Jerry Stackhouse added 21 points and Jason Terry scored 20 for the Mavericks,
won ended a perfect 5-0 road trip by beating the Sonics for a fifth straight
time. Dallas has won nine of the last 11 meetings.
“We got off to a slow start defensively,” Terry said. “In a timeout, coach
challenged us to a man to get back defensively, not allow easy three-point
shots and I thought we did that.”
Rashard Lewis had 36 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Sonics, who lost for
the fifth time in seven contests. Ray Allen added 25 points, but the Sonics
shot just 42.9 percent and blew a 17-point lead in the opening quarter.
“We got off to such a great start and I was scared to death of that,” Sonics
head coach Bob Hill said. “Because when you score that easy, you’re not going
to score that easy the whole game.”
A jumper by Ronald Murray extended Seattle to a 34-17 lead with 54 seconds
left in the first, but Dallas scored the final four points of the quarter and
the first 14 of the second to move to a 35-34 edge.
Darrell Armstrong’s layup capped the rally with 8:24 remaining until halftime
and the Mavs had the game even at 53 at the break.
The Mavericks scored the first seven points of the third quarter to move in
front for good. Terry drilled a three-pointer to highlight the run and Dallas
moved to a double-digit lead on Nowitzki’s technical free throw for a 70-60
Seattle closed within 80-76 after three quarters and was within one twice in
the fourth, the last time at 90-89 following a hook shot by Mikki Moore with
4:44 remaining. However, Nowitzki countered with a three-point play and Terry
jammed following a steal.
A Lewis jumper had the Sonics within 98-95 with just under two minutes to
play, but Nowitzki sank a foul shot, Stackhouse hit two free throws and
Nowitzki canned a jumper for an eight-point Dallas lead with just under a
Dallas’ seven game surge equals a season-high. The Mavs also accomplished the
feat November 11-25…Armstrong suffered a neck injury diving for a loose ball
in the second half and didn’t return…Damien Wilkins had 11 points and Murray
scored 10 for Seattle…Dallas shot 43.2 percent.