SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- None of Dirk Nowitzki's Dallas
teammates were surprised by his big fourth quarter.
Nowitzki had a season-high 37 points, including 14 in the fourth
105-95 Thursday night.
"That's our MVP, we were going to him, we thought he had a good
matchup," Dallas guard Jason Terry said. "Dirk was just out there
The Mavericks rebounded from their embarrassing 122-90 loss to
score 62 points in only three quarters.
"It was something we had thought about, so we just went out
tonight and did what we had to do," Devin Harris said. "We
started well, they got back in the game, but we got the win in the
Nowitzki scored 11 straight points that broke an 85-all tie. He
started the run hitting two free throws. Connected on a jumper,
followed by two more free throws that gave Dallas an 91-85 lead.
Nowitzki then hit a 3-pointer and closed out the 11-0 run with a
"He's one of the better power forwards in this league and he
showed the reason why tonight," Kings reserve Corliss Williamson
said. "He carried his team."
The Kings then scored the next six points to close within 96-91,
but couldn't get closer the rest of the game.
Mike Bibby scored 22 points for the Kings, who lost their fourth
straight game. Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 13 points and eight
rebounds, and Brad Miller had 12 points.
Nowitzki made 14-of-23 field goals, 8-of-9 free throws and also
added four assists for the Mavericks, who have won four of five
games. Terry scored 19 points and Devin Harris added 15.
Josh Howard had 14 points, 13 rebounds and six assists for the
Mavericks, who shot 50 percent in beating the Kings for the eighth
time in 10 games.
Sacramento played without injured starters Bonzi Wells and Peja
Stojakovic. Wells is out at least three weeks with a groin tear and
Stojakovic could miss a week due to a back injury.
"I thought out guys played hard. We missed ton of shots in the
last seven minutes, open shots," Kings coach Rick Adelman said.
Dallas took a 54-49 halftime lead as Nowitzki had 17 points and
Terry added 13.Game notes
Nowitzki scored 13 points in the first quarter, helping the
Mavericks to a 33-21 lead. ... In the previous 25 games, Price had
played just 24 total minutes. ... Dallas is 9-4 on the road this
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