Final

Dallas wins series 4-3 (Game 1 of 7)

Dallas wins series 4-3

Game 1: Tuesday, May 6th
Kings124Final
Mavericks113
Game 2: Thursday, May 8th
Kings110Final
Mavericks132
Game 3: Saturday, May 10th
Mavericks141Final
2OT
Kings137
Game 4: Sunday, May 11th
Mavericks83Final
Kings99
Game 5: Tuesday, May 13th
Kings93Final
Mavericks112
Game 6: Thursday, May 15th
Mavericks109Final
Kings115
Game 7: Saturday, May 17th
Kings99Final
Mavericks112

Kings 124

(59-23, 24-17 away)

Mavericks 113

 

    8:00 PM ET, May 6, 2003

    American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    SAC 33 29 36 26124
    DAL 24 26 26 37113

    Top Performers

    Sacramento: P. Stojakovic 26 Pts, 9 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Dallas: D. Nowitzki 18 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Stojakovic, Webber power Kings to easy win

    DALLAS (AP) -- Just six minutes into the Western Conference semifinals, the Sacramento Kings were already in high gear.

    Vlade Divac
    Divac

    Using baskets from all five starters to start an early 15-2 run, the Kings turned Game 1 of their second-round series against the Dallas Mavericks into a rout. They led by 20 points early in the third quarter, then cruised to a 124-113 victory Tuesday night.

    "We knew exactly what we needed to do,'' said Kings center Vlade Divac, who had 14 points in 15 minutes. "It was beautiful.''

    Playing for the first time since eliminating Utah in five games last Wednesday, the Kings quickly proved they weren't rusty.

    Chris Webber drove for an easy layup on the first possession and had 13 of his 24 points before the first quarter was over. The highlight was when he faked his way past Shawn Bradley at the foul line and went in for an uncontested dunk that put Sacramento up 13.

    "Our guys were really ready,'' Sacramento coach Rick Adelman said. "We really had a flow going. It makes it hard to guard us when it goes that way.''

    Dallas got within six points late in the second quarter, finally generating the electricity expected from two of the league's three highest-scoring teams. But it didn't last.

    The Kings were up 12 at halftime and made it 74-54 with 8:22 left in third on a dunk by Divac, drawing boos from a franchise-record crowd of 20,525. Many of them left early in the fourth quarter, already looking ahead to Game 2 on Thursday night.

    "We got embarrassed,'' said Mavericks guard Steve Nash, who had 20 points and seven assists. "We can't play the way we played tonight and expect to win any game in this series.''

    Coach Don Nelson tried a variety of different lineups in hopes of slowing the Kings, all to no avail. Sacramento's lead peaked at 28, with the final margin being the closest Dallas came in the second half.

    "We had a good game plan, but they just totally picked us apart,'' Nelson said. "The bottom line is we have to play better and they have to play worse.''

    Sacramento made 55 percent of its shots, going 9-for-21 on 3-pointers -- even though Mike Bibby, who usually had huge games against the Mavs, scored only seven.

    Peja Stojakovic had 26 points and nine rebounds and Bobby Jackson, the NBA's top sixth man, scored 23.

    Doug Christie had 13 points and Keon Clark added 11 as the Kings beat Dallas for the eighth time in the last 10 meetings. That run began in last year's playoffs, when Sacramento won in five games, also in the second round.

    But the last three meetings were decided by a total of nine points, with the last two going overtime. And the Mavs won the last one.

    "That loss was sitting inside of us,'' said Webber, who had nine assists and six rebounds. "We wanted to come out focused.''

    Dallas was only two days removed from a seven-game series against Portland that players called physically and mentally draining.

    Yet as good the Kings were early, the Mavs weren't much worse. They did make 53 percent of their shots in the first quarter. They just couldn't match Sacramento's energy and crispness.

    Michael Finley and Nick Van Exel each scored 20 points for Dallas. Dirk Nowitzki, coming off 31 points on Sunday, had 18 points and 11 rebounds.

    The only time the Mavs made things interesting was late in the second quarter, when a 10-2 run got them within 52-46. Then they wasted three offensive rebounds on one possession, the Kings turned it into an uncontested layup and they were back in control.

    Stojakovic opened the third quarter with a jumper, then a dunk off a steal and all that was in doubt was the final score. The Kings knew they'd snatched back the home-court advantage Dallas earned by winning one more regular-season game.

    "In no way are we fooled by winning one game,'' Webber said. "We'll never relax. We're just glad to win here and hopefully we'll steal another one.''

    The Mavericks knew how to absorb the lopsided loss because they've already had several in the postseason. Portland beat Dallas by 22 and 19 in the first round, when the Trail Blazers overcame a 3-0 deficit to force a seventh game.

    Game notes


    Cowbells were all the rage in last year's series, and probably will be again when the series returns to Arco Arena. Although a few clanged in the American Airlines Center, they were drowned by Thunderstix. ... The Kings' 33 first-quarter points were their third-most in a quarter this postseason. Their 36 in the third tied their most. ... Eduardo Najera got his second straight playoff start. He started 12 times in the regular season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SAC
    DAL
    Points 124 113
    FGM-FGA 44-80 (.550) 46-98 (.469)
    3PM-3PA 9-21 (.429) 8-24 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 27-33 (.818) 13-18 (.722)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-43 16-42
    Assists 31 25
    Turnovers 14 13
    Steals 11 4
    Blocks 3 5
    Fast Break Points 7 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 23 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Sacramento
    Dallas
    Peja Stojakovic Stojakovic
    Points: 26
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
    Points: 18
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1