Mavs Survive Kings; Who Gets 'The Dirkie'?
The Dallas Mavericks registered a fifth straight road win and further tightened their grip on seventh in the West with Sunday's 93-91 win at Sacramento.
Two of the more dangerous players on the floor wore the wrong uniforms, and DeMarcus Cousins (28 points and 10 rebounds) and Rudy Gay (32 points) were nearly too much to handle -- as has been the case all season when these clubs meet.
But Dallas countered with four Mavs scoring in double figures, led by Monta Ellis' 23 points, and survived on an off-night for Dirk Nowitzki, who scored 15 points on 5-of-17 shooting but is now 18 points shy of passing Oscar Robertson for No. 10 on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
After Marion missed a free throw that might've iced it, Nowitzki did the same with 7.7 seconds remaining. But the Kings - trailing by two with an opportunity to tie or win on their final possession -- were unable to get the ball to creator Gay and instead relied on Cousins' too-short baseline fade-away at the buzzer.
"We got tested again,'' coach Rick Carlisle said of his 47-31 Mavs. "But we bend and we don't break."
DB.com's BJ Stahl walks us through the candidates for the Player of the Game ... the "unbreakables'' who might just win "The Dirkie'':
Monta Ellis -- leads the pack with 23
Vince Carter -- 17 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists
Jose Calderon -- 14 points, 4 boards, 2 dimes, 2 steals ... and a heckuva pep talk
Dirk Nowitzki -- uncharacteristically quiet 15 points
Shawn Marion -- 7 points and 9 boards
Samuel Dalembert -- 6 points, 11 rebounds, muscleman
DeJuan Blair -- Is Ready, with 6 and 9
Devin Harris -- 3 points and 7 assists
So who Deserves "The Dirkie''? Vote here!
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