Mavs 106-98 Over Kings: Power Points

DALLAS - Dallas wins its 21st straight at home vs. Sacto as Dirk passes Hakeem, all part of a roller-coaster effort in which the Mavs flipped their 'one-bad-quarter' script. Power Points on a Tuesday victory:

Tale of two halves: First half

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

Tale of two halves: Second 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.

Tale of two halves: Dirk passes Olajuwon

With 8:56 remaining in the game, Dirk Nowitzki hit a jumper that he has hit so many times in his illustrious career, but this one had special meaning. Dirk passed the great Hakeem Olajuwon for ninth on the all-time NBA scoring list, and is no the top international scorer the league has ever seen. Dirk was honored with a video in a timeout following his score and everybody, including the Mavs players, all watched the video board to pay their respect to the greatness of the Big German.

Next on the list is Elvin Hayes with 27,313 points. If things keep going the way they are, Dirk should pass him some time in December or January.

You get your chance to vote for "The Dirkie'' here and it might be fitting to give the namesake the nod, as he scored 24.

The Tyson effect
DeMarcus Cousins scored six very quick points coming right out of the gate to contribute to the hot start for the Kings. This can be attributed to head coach Rick Carlisle pulling Tyson Chandler 83 seconds into the game, but Cousins would only score 10 more points the rest of the game as TY held him in check. Chandler and Cousins also got into a little scuffle late in the fourth, highlighting Cousins’ frustration with Chandler.

With 14 points and 11 rebounds, Tyson Chandler recorded his third consecutive double-double and his fourth in five games.


Jameer Nelson went into the locker room late in the game with a hamstring injury, but owner Mark Cuban said he would get treatment on it tomorrow and was optimistic that Nelson would not miss any time. Coach Carlisle said Nelson was ready to go back in the game. ... Dallas has now downed the Kings at home 21 straight times ... After this tough test against a surging Kings team, the Mavs face the winless Philadelphia 76ers Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. in their third of four straight home games.

'You know to pass `The Dream' is unbelievable. He was unguardable on the block. His footwork, his skill level, his hands, his touch was second to none, so I'm pretty proud.'' -- Dirk, no at 26,953.

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