DALLAS, May 6 (Ticker) -- Chris Webber
and the Sacramento Kings
looked rested. Dirk Nowitzki
and the Dallas Mavericks looked
Webber got off to a flying start with 13 of his 24 points in the
first quarter as the Kings sped to a 124-113 victory over the
Mavericks in Game One of their Western Conference semifinals.
Second-seeded Sacramento has dominated in Dallas over the last
two seasons and this was no exception. The Kings have won five
straight games at the American Airlines Center, virtually all of
them in demoralizing fashion.
"I really don't know what to expect out of Dallas," said Webber,
who made 9-of-15 shots and handed out nine assists. "They are
a great team, but I am just so worried about us. I am more
worried about us than any other team."
Webber did not have much to worry about in this one. Having not
played since dispatching Utah in the first round six days ago,
Sacramento wasted no time taking home-court advantage from
third-seeded Dallas, which was pushed to seven games by Portland
before finally closing out the first round Sunday.
"(Fatigue) could have been a lot to it, but at this point in the
season you've got to dig deep," Mavs guard Nick Van Exel
"Because if you go to the finals that's the end of June. This
is early right now. We're still early into the playoffs.
Fatigue shouldn't come into factor right now."
The Kings shot 55 percent (44-of-80) from the field and had six
players in double figures. They displayed their usual sharp and
creative passing and turned the second half into a fast-break
"They just put on a clinic," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "We
weren't very good in the first quarter and it set the tone for
"We had time to prepare ourselves for working our game," Kings
forward Peja Stojakovic
said. "We had time to plan for how they
were going to play. We did a lot of good things today."
Peja Stojakovic scored 10 of his 26 points in the third quarter
for the Kings, who are 5-1 in the postseason and appear ready to
bounce the Mavs in the conference semifinals for the second
"We were focused and ready to play," Kings coach Rick Adelman
said. "You could feel it in the locker room, but you never know
until you step on the floor. There was definitely a feeling
that we were ready to go."
Nowitzki, who had 31 points and 12 rebounds in Sunday's Game
Seven clincher, was limited to 18 and 11 and was not anywhere
the factor he has been throughout the postseason. Without a big
game from their leader, Dallas never really got untracked and
trailed by as many as 28 points.
"They scored 130 on us. That's embarrassing," Nowitzki said.
"We've just got to guard them a little better."
In the first quarter, Webber used his jumper to set up a couple
of driving dunks as the Kings led by as many as 13 points before
settling for a 33-24 lead.
"One team looked like they were in a playoff game and the other
team looked like they thought it was a regular-season game," Van
The Mavs closed to 52-46 and had a chance to get closer but
missed three consecutive jumpers. The Kings closed the half
with a 10-4 spurt fueled by five points from Webber.
"Chris was a big key getting the ball in the crease," Stojakovic
said. "They didn't have an answer for that."
A clear sign that the Mavs were dragging was their 0-of-10
shooting from the arc in the first half.
"I think we were just flat and the energy wasn't there. That
affects the jumper," Nowitzki said.
Stojakovic opened the second half with two jumpers. A pair of
baskets by Vlade Divac
made it 74-54 with 8:23 left in the third
quarter, and the rout was on. A 3-pointer by Doug Christie
gave Sacramento its largest lead at 87-59 with 5:18 to go.
Sixth Man Award winner Bobby Jackson
scored 23 points for the
Kings. Divac added 14, Christie 13 and Keon Clark
Van Exel, Steve Nash
and Michael Finley
scored 20 points apiece
for the Mavs, who shot 47 percent (46-of-98).
"This is pretty much what we expect from them," Nash said. "We
should be more prepared to play this team and tonight we looked
as though we never played them before."