Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/2

Game 1: Tuesday, November 2nd
Game 2: Friday, February 11th
Game 3: Thursday, February 24th
Game 4: Thursday, March 24th

Mavericks 115

(32-16, 15-7 away)

Kings 113

(32-18, 19-8 home)

    Coverage: KXTV

    7:30 PM ET, February 11, 2005

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    DAL 30 31 29 25115
    SAC 30 34 29 20113

    Top Performers

    Dallas: D. Nowitzki 27 Pts, 7 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Blk

    Sacramento: B. Miller 22 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Bibby's last-chance 3 to win clangs off

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The way their last two home games have ended, maybe going on the road for a while isn't such a bad things for the Sacramento Kings.

    For the second time in four nights, the Kings left the floor after a two-point loss pleading for a goaltending call that never came. Jason Terry followed Erick Dampier's block of Cuttino Mobley's drive with a three-point play that gave Dallas a 115-113 victory Friday night.

    This time the Kings had a better case. While Amare Stoudemire's last-second block for Phoenix of Brad Miller's shot appeared to be clean, Dampier's clearly came after Mobley's shot hit the backboard.

    "It's mind boggling how you miss that when the ball clearly hits the board first," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "It's a shame that there is nothing we can do about it. What amazes me is the three of them acted like they didn't even know what we were talking about."

    According to the NBA rule book, goaltending occurs if a defender touches "a ball after it has touched any part of the backboard above ring level, whether the ball is considered on its upward or downward flight," as long as it has a chance to go in.

    "Everybody saw it. The tape don't lie," Mobley said.

    Instead of the Kings taking a three-point lead, the Mavericks came back and Terry scored on a drive and drew a foul from Chris Webber. The three-point play put Dallas up 115-113 with 12.6 seconds to go.

    "I was just looking for contact," Terry said. "I knew the time and score and wanted to draw a foul. Fortunately I got it high enough off the backboard and it went in."

    During the ensuing timeout, the Kings played the replay of Dampier's block seven times and owners Gavin and Joe Maloof pointed pleadingly at the video board. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who has had his share of fines for replaying controversial calls too many times in Dallas, merely smirked.

    "I still consider it a good block," Dampier said. "They counted it so it was a good block."

    The Kings still had one last chance to win it but Mike Bibby missed an open 3-pointer at the buzzer.

    "He probably makes that shot nine out of 10 times," Terry said. "The way he was going tonight, I thought he would make it. Thank god he didn't."

    The Kings have lost four in a row for the first time since dropping the last four games of the 1999-00 season and now head on the road for nine of their next 10 games.

    Mobley had to be held back from going after the officials by Miller after the game.

    "If you fail to make a crucial play two nights in a row should you get fired for that?" Mobley said.

    Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 27 points, Michael Finley added 19 and Terry 17 as coach Don Nelson tied Dick Motta with the most wins in franchise history with 329.

    Terry scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, none bigger than the final three.

    "The kid can score," Nowitzki said. "He showed in Atlanta ... that he can flat-out score. Down the stretch, we were just a little bit luckier than them."

    Bibby led the Kings with 25, Webber added 23 points and 11 rebounds and Miller had 22 points and 10 boards.

    Nowitzki gave Dallas its first lead of the fourth quarter with two free throws that made it 110-109 with 3:06 to play. Webber answered with a jump hook before Nowitzki put Dallas back ahead 112-111 with 2:08 to go with two more foul shots.

    Two free throws by Miller put the Kings up 113-112 on the next possession but that would be their last points. Webber missed two free throws with 1:18 to go and Bibby missed a shot just before Dampier's block of Mobley.

    These teams are familiar foes, meeting for the 22nd time over the last three seasons. The Kings knocked Dallas out of the playoffs last season, getting revenge for Dallas' seven-game win in 2002-03.

    Like most of those meetings, this one was also dominated by the offenses. Dallas and Sacramento who have been in the top five in scoring in the league in each of the last six years.

    After Bibby's 3-pointer gave the Kings a 96-92 lead on their first possession of the fourth quarter, Sacramento had outscored half of the 22 teams that had already played Friday night.

    The Mavericks shot 60 percent in the first half and still trailed 64-61 because the Kings made 54 percent of their shots and had five players in double figures in the opening half.

    Game notes

    Kings president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie was given a four-year extension before the game. ... Nowitzki got a technical for arguing a foul call in the third quarter. ... Sacramento committed five turnovers in the first 5 minutes of the fourth quarter after having only six in the first three quarters.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 115 113
    FGM-FGA 42-78 (.538) 43-85 (.506)
    3PM-3PA 3-6 (.500) 9-19 (.474)
    FTM-FTA 28-31 (.903) 18-26 (.692)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-37 13-38
    Assists 22 24
    Turnovers 15 12
    Steals 8 9
    Blocks 3 2
    Fast Break Points 16 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (2/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 9

    Top Performers

    Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
    Points: 27
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2
    Brad Miller Miller
    Points: 22
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0