Tuesday , Dec , 19 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Nowitzki leads Mavs over Kings

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki poured in 29 points and pulled
down 13 rebounds, as Dallas ran out to a big lead early, on the way to a
109-91 win over the Kings.

Josh Howard tallied 28 points. He and Nowitzki combined to shoot 24-of-33 from
the field, as the Mavericks won their fourth straight.

The Kings played without their leading scorer, as guard Kevin Martin missed
the game with a sprained right ankle. Brad Miller scored 19 points and Kenny
Thomas had a solid inside game with 15 points and 15 boards, but Sacramento
lost for the eighth time in 10 games and fell into a last-place tie with the
Clippers in the Pacific Division.

Terry’s three-pointer boosted Dallas to an early 11-4 advantage, and the Kings
couldn’t keep up without Martin. Sacramento shot just under 40 percent from
the field. Mike Bibby had 10 points and six assists, but struggled by making
3-of-12 shots.

The Kings fell further behind less than three minutes later as Howard’s jumper
moved the margin to 19-5. The lead reached as high as 17 in the period before
Ron Artest’s layup cut the deficit to 33-18 going into the second.

Sacramento could never catch up. In fact, the Kings didn’t get within double
digits the remainder of the half, falling behind 54-40 at the break.

The final 24 minutes saw a glimmer of hope for the Kings though. Shareef
Abdur-Rahim’s layup brought his team within 73-67 with a minute left in the
third, but Greg Buckner countered with a jumper and Terry banged in a three to
close the period.

Sacramento didn’t get closer than nine in the final quarter. Dallas used a
21-8 run to make it a rout. Nowitzki’s jumper capped the push, making it 99-77
with under five minutes left.

Game Notes

Dallas has scored over 100 points in 15 of the last 16 meetings… Dallas has
won three straight meetings…Abdur-Rahim also had 15 points and Artest scored
14…Buckner had 14 points.