Mavs pound Sonics in playoff tune-up
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points and Josh Howard
added 15 to lead the Dallas Mavericks over the Seattle SuperSonics, 106-75, in
the regular-season finale for both clubs.
Jerry Stackhouse added 13 points and Jason Terry tallied 12 for Dallas, which
won five of its final seven games heading into the postseason. The Mavs
(67-15) head into the playoffs with home-court advantage throughout.
The team will play the Warriors in the first round. Golden State entered the
playoffs thanks to a 120-98 win over Portland on Wednesday night. The Warriors
post a threat to Dallas, having won all three regular-season matchups this
year, including a 111-82 decision on Monday night. The series begins Sunday at
9:30 p.m. (et).
“We are going to just lock in on them,” said Stackhouse of Golden State. “They
have been one of the hottest teams. It’s just a matter of us sticking to our
system and we’ll be fine.”
Devin Harris had 13 points for the Mavs, who had every player on its roster
score in this game.
“This was a pretty exciting regular season,” said Dallas head coach Avery
Johnson. “A lot of people should take pride. Having said that we have plenty
Rashard Lewis scored 14 points to lead Seattle (31-51), which ended its season
with five straight losses.
The Mavericks began to pull away in the first quarter. With the game tied at
9, the club closed the quarter by scoring 24 of the final 31 points and
extended the run to 28-7 going into the second quarter to take a 37-16 lead.
Greg Buckner’s three-pointer gave Dallas a 33-16 lead after one quarter. Erick
Dampier then ended the burst early in the second quarter, staking the Mavs to
the 21-point cushion.
A Stackhouse free throw with just over three minutes left in the half gave the
Mavs a 26-point lead, 57-31, and Dallas cruised into the break with a 61-37
Seattle never threatened over the final two quarters, as Dallas coasted to the
Andre Brown had 12 points, Chris Wilcox recorded 11 and Damien Wilkins added
10 for the Sonics, who have lost 10 straight to the Mavs.
Dallas ended the season 31-10 on the road…Seattle went 20-21 at
home…Dallas shot 53 percent from the floor for the game, compared to 42
percent for the Sonics.