Thursday, May 8
May 8, 8:14 PM ET
Mavs, Kings tie mark after first quarter
DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks set an NBA playoff record by scoring 83 points in the first half of Game 2 Thursday night in their Western Conference semifinal series against the Sacramento Kings.
The Mavericks led 83-61, beating the old record by one. Steve
Nash put them over the top with a 3-pointer, then a layup off a
Dallas was four points shy of the record for any half -- 87 by
Milwaukee against Denver in 1984. Mavericks coach Don Nelson was in
charge of that Bucks team.
The Mavs and Kings tied the first-quarter combined record by
scoring 84, with Dallas leading 44-40.
The Mavericks were one point shy of the single-team mark for a
first quarter. Dallas had 45 in 1986, and the Los Angeles Lakers
had 45 in 1985.
Sacramento couldn't keep pace in the second quarter, getting
The combined 144 first-half points were six shy of the record
set by San Antonio against Denver in 1983.
Dallas also tied the record for 3-pointers in any half with 11.
Three teams did it before, most recently by Boston last year
The most points by one team in any quarter is 51 by the Lakers
against Detroit in 1962. The two-team record for one quarter is 86
when Golden State outscored San Antonio 49-37 the fourth quarter of
a 1991 game. Nelson coached that Golden State team, too.
The first-quarter record of 84 was set by Philadelphia and San
Francisco in 1967 and was matched by Phoenix and Golden State in
1994. Nelson also coached that Warriors team.
Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 21 points, making his first six
shots, including a four-point play. Nick Van Exel had 19 on 8-of-9
Chris Webber led Sacramento with 21 and Peja Stojakovic had 19.