Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 12/22

Game 1: Thursday, December 22nd
Game 2: Sunday, March 12th
Game 3: Tuesday, April 4th

Mavericks 105

(19-7, 9-4 away)

Kings 95

(10-16, 7-8 home)

7:30 PM ET, December 22, 2005

Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

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DAL 33 21 19 32105
SAC 23 26 23 2395

Top Performers

Dallas: D. Nowitzki 37 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

Sacramento: M. Bibby 22 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Stl

Mavericks rebound from blowout loss to Lakers

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 quarter to lift the Dallas Mavericks over the Sacramento Kings 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 being Dirk."

The Mavericks rebounded from their embarrassing 122-90 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers two nights earlier that saw Kobe Bryant 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 fourth quarter."

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 baseline jumper.

"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 year.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 105 95
FGM-FGA 38-76 (.500) 35-81 (.432)
3PM-3PA 3-8 (.375) 4-13 (.308)
FTM-FTA 26-34 (.765) 21-26 (.808)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-45 11-37
Assists 22 16
Turnovers 15 12
Steals 7 7
Blocks 4 0
Fast Break Points 12 13
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 26 (1/0)
Largest Lead 14 3

Top Performers

Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
Points: 37
Reb: 10
Ast: 4
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
Mike Bibby Bibby
Points: 22
Reb: 2
Ast: 0
Stl: 1
Blk: 0