SEATTLE, Jan (Ticker) -- Antoine Walker
hit a jumper at the buzzer
to give the Dallas Mavericks their season-high ninth straight
win, 118-116 over the Seattle SuperSonics.
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nailed 8-of-11 three-pointers and scored a career-high
43 points as the Mavericks stretched their road winning streak
to a season-best four games. Dallas' overall win streak is its
longest since starting last season with 17 victories.
"If you look back a month or a month and a half, there is no way
we would have won that game," Nowitzki said. "The chemistry is
a lot better out there, we have the rhythm out there as a team.
I think we are just having a good mix right now."
Mavericks guard Steve Nash
made a three-pointer to tie it, 116-116,
with 36 seconds left. But both teams squandered chances to go
ahead on their next possessions.
missed a layup with 21 seconds remaining, then
fouled Nowitzki out of frustration. After Nowitzki missed both
free throws, Ray Allen
appeared to draw a foul but no call was
made as he misfired on a layup, setting the stage for Walker's
"I would like to see the videotape to determine what it looked
like but the referees, it seemed like they were in a bad
position all night," Allen said. "They were seeing things that
I didn't see."
"That was nice," Walker said. "I was just trying to slash and
get a shot in that little corner area. I just got a good pass."
Nash finished with 19 points while Walker and Michael Finley
added 17 apiece.
"Either team deserved to win," Mavericks coach Don Nelson
"Nobody deserved to lose this game. As it turned out, we had an
opportunity at the buzzer."
Lewis scored 30 points for Seattle, which had a two-game winning
streak snapped. Antonio Daniels
contributed 21 points off the
bench and Allen chipped in 20.
"I think we did a good job of finding the open guy and taking
what the defense was giving us," Allen said. "In the fourth
quarter, we made some shots and missed some, but sometimes you
rely on a call from a referee and tonight, it didn't go our
Defense did not seem a priority for either team. Seattle
outshot Dallas, 54 percent (43-of-79) to 48 percent (43-of-89)
and led 61-58 at halftime.
Seattle guard Brent Barry
sat out the second half with a broken
bone on his right hand and will be evaluated Wednesday by a hand
Nowitzki scored 17 points in the third quarter, hitting 5-of-5
three-pointers, to help Dallas take a 92-88 lead into the final
period. The rest of the Mavericks finished 3-of-15 from beyond
"My jumper was feeling pretty good and I was able to find my
rhythm pretty quick," Nowitzki said. "You've got to give our
team credit, they always looked for me and they always found
Dallas led 101-92 with 8:23 remaining, but Seattle responded
with a 12-3 run over the next four minutes to tie it.