SACRAMENTO, April 20 (Ticker) -- One sure sign that the playoffs are different than the regular season is the Sacramento Kings beating the Dallas Mavericks in a defensive struggle.

The Kings played perhaps their best defense of the season and held on for an 83-79 victory over the Mavericks to take a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference first-round series.

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Chris Webber had a triple-double and Mike Bibby and Brad Miller made big shots in the final 90 seconds for the fourth-seeded Kings, who survived in a game entirely unfamiliar to them.

"It was definitely unusual for these two teams to have a game like this," Kings center Vlade Divac said.

"You will not see that too many times," Bibby said.

Dallas and Sacramento finished 1-2 in the NBA in scoring this season as the only teams to average better than 100 points per game. The Kings won Sunday's opener, 116-105, in an up-tempo game typical of these clubs.

However, this was the lowest-scoring game in 126 contests between the teams since Dallas entered the NBA in 1980.

"We play a particular style and so do they," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "The so-called experts who know everything say we cannot defend anything. But we're in a playoff series, and they're in a playoff series. We want it and they want it."

A layup by rookie Marquis Daniels pulled Dallas into a 77-77 tie with 1:30 to go. On the next possession, Bibby lost the ball, got it back and sank a short bank shot at the 1:10 mark.

"I just wanted to make something happen," Bibby said. "A lot of times when I'm out there standing around, I don't feel like I'm involved. I like to be involved, whether I'm driving to the basket or making a pass to someone else. I was just trying to be aggressive and trying to run them a little bit."

Daniels made two free throws to tie it for the last time. Miller, who had just one basket to that point, took a feed from Bibby and sank a 15-footer that beat the shot clock with 34 seconds to play.

"It felt good to finally do something I've been doing all year hit an open jump shot," Miller said.

Chris Webber was one assist shy of a first-half triple-double.
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Dallas missed 10 of its last 12 shots. Steve Nash missed a 3-pointer and Daniels missed a follow shot before Eduardo Najera fouled Webber, who missed two free throws with 19 seconds remaining.

The Mavericks went to Michael Finley, who dribbled left on Peja Stojakovic and pulled up for a jumper. But Stojakovic may have gotten a hand on the ball, and Finley lost control. Doug Christie's two free throws sealed it with 9.3 seconds left.

"I don't have bonuses for Defensive Player of the Year, so I don't do that often," joked Stojakovic. "I was just trying to contain him. Trying to make him rush the play. I know he likes to go left and that's what he did."

Game 3 is Saturday in Dallas, where the Mavericks were a league-best 36-5 this season.

"We're going back home, and we've played really well at home this season," Dallas forward Eduardo Najera said.

Bibby scored 10 of his 24 points in the last six minutes and Webber had 19, 13 rebounds and 12 assists for his first career playoff triple-double. They carried the Kings, who shot just 37 percent (30-of-81) from the field.

Dirk Nowitzki had 28 points and 10 rebounds and Daniels added 16 and 11 for the Mavericks, who shot just 32 percent (30-of-93), including 2-of-19 3-pointers.

"We didn't shoot well and they didn't shoot well," Divac said. "Obviously we are a much better defensive team than they are, so we took advantage of it."

Webber nearly had a triple-double in the first half, when he had 13 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, helping the Kings take a 44-42 lead.

But Najera was able to slow down Webber, and Sacramento went the final 7:58 of the third quarter without a basket and took just a 61-60 lead into the final period.

"The only reason he's in the game is to beat the hell out of Webber," Adelman said. "I don't think there's a place for that in the league."

Neither team led by more than four points in the fourth quarter. Bibby had a pair of 3-pointers around a drive to help turn a 70-66 deficit into a 76-74 lead with 3:06 left.