DALLAS, Feb. 27 (Ticker) -- Keon Clark
has given the Dallas Mavericks a sickening case of double vision.
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Keon beats Mavs,
Clark struck again, sinking a short jumper with four-tenths of a second left in overtime to give the Sacramento Kings a
thrilling 126-124 victory over the Mavericks.
The Mavericks (44-14) have the best record in the NBA, but the Kings (41-18) have their number. After dispatching them in five games in last year's Western Conference semifinals, they have won all three meetings this season, including both in Dallas.
Clark has had the game-winning basket in both of those games. On Feb. 4, he had a thunderous follow dunk with 16 seconds
left that gave Sacramento a 110-109 win.
In this one, the Kings pulled into a 124-124 tie on a left-handed layup by Doug Christie with 1:16 remaining. Dallas did not score on its next two possessions, giving Sacramento another chance.
Mike Bibby dribbled to the left baseline and launched a fadeaway jumper that sailed over the rim. Alone on the weak side, Clark grabbed the rebound and calmly put in an eight-footer to stun the sellout crowd of 20,059 at the American Airlines Center.
As Dallas called timeout, Clark ran back to the Kings' bench, shouting, "That's two times! That's twice!" while holding up two fingers.
Peja Stojakovic had 36 points and 10 rebounds to lead four players with double-doubles for the Kings, who have won five straight games. Clark had 12 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.
Sacramento lost superstar forward Chris Webber to fouls in the fourth quarter but erased a seven-point deficit in the final 90 seconds. It lost center Vlade Divac to fouls in overtime but held Dallas without a basket in the extra session.
Dirk Nowitzki had 36 points and 13 rebounds and Michael Finley scored 31 points for Dallas, which was outrebounded, 60-40, and had one basket in the final 12 minutes. The Mavs have lost two in a row following a six-game winning streak.
There were four ties and three lead changes in the fourth quarter, which saw Webber foul out at the 7:17 mark. After a
follow dunk by Clark pulled the Kings into a 106-106 tie, the Mavs made eight free throws over the next four minutes, opening
a 114-109 lead with 2:57 remaining.
A layup by Stojakovic cut the deficit to three points, but Steve Nash made a driving circus shot and Finley sank two free throws for a 118-111 advantage with 1:57 to go.
But the Kings didn't panic. Divac scored inside and Christie made a layup. After Nash missed an open jumper, Bobby Jackson got out in transition and pulled up for a 3-pointer that tied it with 12 seconds left.
Neither team lead by more than two points in overtime, where the frenetic pace slowed a bit. Divac tied it at 122-122 with a
layup with 1:59 left but fouled out 10 seconds later.
Bibby and Jackson scored 17 points apiece, Webber added 16 points and 10 rebounds, Divac scored 12 points and Christie
added 10 and 10 boards. Sacramento shot 47 percent (48-of-103) from the field, making 10-of-26 3-pointers.
Nick Van Exel scored 15 points and nine assists and Nash added 14 and 10. Raef LaFrentz scored 14 points and Walt Williams 12 for Dallas, which shot 47 percent (45-of-96), making 11-of-28 from the arc.