Both Dirk Nowitzki and Rudy Gay had huge games, but the Dallas Mavericks won the ultimate battle, rallying for a 107-103 victory over the Sacramento Kings at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas Friday night.
Nowitzki finished with 34 points on 11-of-19 shooting and Gay scored 35 points (and grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out six assists) on 10-of-16 shooting.
The Mavericks entered the fourth quarter down by six and trailed by seven with 9:49 to go. Brendan Wright cut the lead to five and a three by Nowitzki on the next possession cut it to 87-85. Two more stops and four free throws capped a 9-0 run and the Mavericks had their first lead of the quarter.
They Kings tied the game on an Isiah Thomas jumper with 3:19 to go, but Wright and Monta Ellis hit back-to-back shots to push the lead back to four. The Kings cut the lead to two on each of their next two possessions, but the Mavericks answered both, the first coming on two Nowitzki free throws and the second on a three-point play by Ellis.
Ellis finished with 20 points and Jose Calderon had 14 points and seven assists for the Mavericks.
Thomas scored 19 points and dished out six assists for the Kings.
The Mavericks are now 27-21 and the Kings are 15-31.