Saturday , Jan , 27 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Nowitzki, Mavs hold off Kings

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 32 points and grabbed 11
rebounds, as the Dallas Mavericks held off the Sacramento Kings, 106-104.

Jason Terry ended with 18 points and seven assists for the Mavericks, who won
for the 13th straight time at home. Jerry Stackhouse donated 16 points off the
bench.

Devin Harris had 14 points and six assists for Dallas, which had an eight-game
overall winning streak halted Thursday at Chicago, but wasted little time
getting back in the win column.

Ron Artest netted 25 points with six rebounds and Kevin Martin had 21 points
for the Kings, who lost their second in a row. Corliss Williamson totaled 20
points off the bench.

Down 79-75 after the third, Dallas netted the first nine points of the fourth
to go ahead 84-79. Harris converted a three-point play during the burst, which
Stackhouse capped on a jumper with 9:44 on the clock.

Martin stopped the bleeding with a pair of free throws, but Nowitzki came back
with a layup and a three-pointer to push Dallas’ edge to 89-81 with 7:43 on
the clock.

Back-to-back jumpers by Brad Miller pulled the Kings to within 91-87, but
Dallas netted the next four points to go back up by eight.

Sacramento later trailed by six at 99-93 before a Williamson layup, a free
throw by Artest and a layup from Martin made it a 99-98 game with 1:16 to go.

Terry and Mike Bibby exchanged baskets before a jumper from Nowitzki put
Dallas in front 103-100 with 27 seconds on the clock.

Out of a timeout, Martin missed a three from the right corner and the Kings
quickly fouled Stackhouse. He hit just one from the line for a four-point edge
with 9.7 ticks to go.

Miller than hit a three to make it a one-point game and Nowitzki was fouled
after a Mavs timeout. He hit both with 3.4 seconds left for a three-point edge
at 106-103.

The Mavericks fouled John Salmons in the backcourt to prevent a three-point
try, and he hit the first before intentionally missing the second. Dallas came
up with the board, though, to seal the win.

Five straight points from Nowitzki put Dallas ahead 63-58 with 8:26 to go in
the third, but the Kings responded with a 9-2 spurt, as Artest’s bucket put
his squad ahead 67-65.

Devean George hit a jumper to put the Mavericks back in front before
Sacramento scored five in a row to take a 72-68 lead. The Kings never trailed
for the rest of the frame, and Martin’s three at the buzzer sent Sacramento
into the fourth ahead 79-75.

The first half was tightly contested, as the Kings shot 52.9 percent from the
floor. Dallas was better, however, hitting on 60 percent of its shots.

The Mavericks led by the slim margin of 25-22 after the first and went up by
as much as eight at 31-23 after two Harris free throws early in the second.
The club kept Sacramento at arms length before a Salmons three-pointer pulled
the Kings to within 37-34.

In all, both teams netted 27 points in the frame, and Dallas carried a 52-49
lead into the break.

Game Notes

Dallas has won 22 of its last 24 overall…The Mavericks improved to 20-3 at
home this season…The Kings have lost the first two tilts of their current
four-game road trip…Dallas has won its last four over Sacramento…Bibby
ended with 12 points…Josh Howard had 13 points in the win.

DAL SAC