Mavs 106-98 Over Kings: Power Points
This game - an eventual 106-98 roller-coaster win for the home team at the AAC -- was the complete opposite of what the Dallas Mavericks have shown us thus far this season. Known for their first-half offensive explosions and third-quarter collapses, the Mavs could not have possibly scripted a lousier way to start the game.
The Kings opened on an 8-0 run before Devin Harris finally got the Mavs on the board. The Mavs started 0-of-6 and the first Mavs starter to score was Jameer Nelson after more than half of the first quarter was already in the books. Dirk Nowitzki, who came into the game trailing the legendary Hakeem Olajuwon by 17 points for ninth all-time in NBA scoring, didn’t see his first shot go through the net till less than seven minutes remained in the first half.
The Mavs made a run at the Kings in the second quarter, punctuated by a Dirk 3-pointer with 30 seconds left and cut the lead -- which had been as large at 24 -- to 57-48 going into the half
Dirk came out firing with back-to-back jumpers to start the second half and Chandler Parsons scored eight of his 19 points in the third quarter as the Mavs outscored the Kings 30-15 in the third period. Monta Ellis had a huge second half, which included a drive to the basket with 5:37 remaining to give the Mavs their first lead of the game at 69-67. Ellis punctuated the third quarter with a buzzer-beating three pointer with 1.7 seconds left that gave the Mavs a 78-72 lead heading into the final period.
In the fourth quarter, the Mavs kept the pedal to the metal and dominated the Kings. J.J Barea hit a 3-pointer with 5:45 left in the game and Dirk followed that up with a three ball of his own to give the Mavs a 95-84 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the game. The exclamation point came with two minutes left as Monta Ellis flew for a thunderous dunk that sent the crowd into frenzy.
The win marks the third-largest comeback in Mavericks history.
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