DALLAS, Jan. 25 (Ticker) -- Michael Finley
had the best aim in a
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Finley scored 23 points, including a key jumper with 1:58 left,
as the Dallas Mavericks extended their winning streak to eight
games with a 108-99 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
The rivalry between the Western Conference rivals featured 13
lead changes. But the Mavericks ultimately wore down a team
playing the third game of a six-game road trip.
"Down the stretch we got some nice stops and made some big stops
and big plays. It's been fun to watch," said Dallas center Dirk Nowitzki
, who had 20 points and 12 rebounds. "I think we are
coming together a little bit. Against Sacramento, we match up
against them very well and it's always fun games."
Dallas took the lead for good, 99-97, on a jumper by Finley,
beginning an 11-2 spurt to close the game.
added 21 points and 13 assists, including a feed down
low to Nowitzki that ended in a three-point play for a 101-97
"Anytime you play the good teams, it feels good to win," Nash
said. "It feels good to play at their level or better."
had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Mike Bibby
scored 23 points for the Kings, who have lost three of their
last four games. Sacramento has lost back-to-back games for the
first time since December 25-26.
Brad Miller added 11 points and 17 rebounds for the Kings, who
fought back from a 10-point deficit to tie it at 97-97 on
Bibby's 3-pointer. But Finley soon followed with a jumper and
Mavericks were on their way.
"Although they made their run, we kept our heads up and found a
way to stop them," Finley said.
scored 17 points for the Mavericks, including
seven straight in the fourth quarter. His dunk with 7:39 left
pushed the advantage to 87-77.
The Kings have lost both meetings between the teams this season,
including a 111-103 home setback on Christmas in which it
squandered a 16-point halftime lead.
"For the first three quarters we were just too casual with the
ball," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "We played hard, but you
can't make mistakes like we made with the ball on the road."
It was a game of strong finishes for the Mavericks, who ended
each quarter impressively.
Dallas had a 9-3 run to end the third quarter, highlighted by a
3-pointer from Finley.
The Kings led by as many as seven points in the first quarter
before the Mavericks closed the period with a 14-3 run to take a
25-21 lead. Dallas also scored the final six points of the
"We just didn't finish throughout the game," Miller said.