DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points Saturday night to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 103-100 victory over the Sacramento Kings at American Airlines Center.
After Monta Ellis missed two free throws with 6.8 seconds left, the Kings had a chance to send the game into overtime. But Travis Outlaw missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Other than Nowitzki, the Mavs got 17 points and six assists from Ellis, 15 points and six rebounds from Samuel Dalembert, 14 points by Shawn Marion, 11 points and seven assists from Jose Calderon, and 10 points by Vince Carter.
Rudy Gay led the Kings with 30 points, DeMarcus Cousins had 17 points and seven reobunds, and Ray McCallum finished with 16 points.
Dalembert's alley-oop dunk off a feed from Calderon gave the Mavs a 100-93 lead with 43.8 seconds left. However, Ben McLemore's 3-pointer got the Kings within 103-100 with 9.6 seconds to go.
Earlier, a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer by Shawn Marion completed a 10-0 run and gave Dallas a 94-89 lead with 2:12 remaining.
The Mavs also had built a 17-point lead (50-33) with 2:09 remaining in the first half, thanks to a 4-point play.
Marion scored inside and was fouled by Jason Thompson, who complained too vigoriously and was whistled for a technical foul. Nowitzki made the free throw, and then Marion made his free throw to give the Mavs what they thought was a comfortable lead.
But the Kings came storming back and took their first lead of the night with 7:26 left in the game when Gay tipped in his own miss for an 81-80 lead.
Two more baskets via offensive rebounds -- one by Gay and another by rookie Ray McCallum -- padded the Kings' lead to 85-80.
-- Dwain Price
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