DALLAS, Feb. 24 (Ticker) --
In the wake of the trading of Chris Webber,
the shorthanded Sacramento Kings ran out of gas against the
streaking Dallas Mavericks.
The Kings looked tired as the Mavericks rallied from a
nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to extend their winning
streak to six games with a 122-113 victory.
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On Wednesday, Sacramento traded Webber - a five-time All-Star -
along with Matt Barnes and Michael Bradley to the Philadelphia
76ers for Kenny Thomas, Corliss Williamson and Brian Skinner -
none of whom were available for this one.
The Kings also were without leading scorer Peja Stojakovic, who
missed his fourth straight game with a strained right hamstring,
leaving them with just three players on the bench.
The lack of depth finally caught up to Sacramento in the fourth
quarter. After a pair of free throws by Maurice Evans gave the
Kings a 103-96 lead with 7:11 left, Dirk Nowitzki ignited a 13-2
run with a 17-foot jumper on the other end.
Sacramento missed all eight of its shots during the spurt, which
was capped by Josh Howard's fast-break dunk and free throw with
4:11 to go that gave Dallas a 109-105 lead.
Cuttino Mobley scored five of his 26 points down the stretch as
the Kings attempted a comeback, but the Mavericks made 5-of-6
free throws in the final minute to improve to 3-0 against their
Nowitzki had 34 points and 11 rebounds for the Mavs, who have
rallied in the fourth quarter five times during their winning
Mike Bibby scored all but one of his 26 points through three
quarters as the Kings took an 88-82 advantage into the final
Dallas coach Don Nelson was ejected with 1:27 left in the third
period after Mavs rookie Devin Harris ran into a pick from
Miller, which Nelson argued was illegal.