SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)—None of Dirk Nowitzki’s Dallas teammates were surprised by his big fourth quarter.
“That’s our MVP, we were going to him, we thought he had a good matchup,” Dallas guard Jason Terry said. “Dirk was just out there being Dirk.”
“It was something we had thought about, so we just went out tonight and did what we had to do,” Devin Harris said. “We started well, they got back in the game, but we got the win in the fourth quarter.”
Nowitzki scored 11 straight points that broke an 85-all tie. He started the run hitting two free throws. Connected on a jumper, followed by two more free throws that gave Dallas an 91-85 lead. Nowitzki then hit a 3-pointer and closed out the 11-0 run with a baseline jumper.
“Hes one of the better power forwards in this league and he showed the reason why tonight,” Kings reserve Corliss Williamson said. “He carried his team.”
The Kings then scored the next six points to close within 96-91, but couldn’t get closer the rest of the game.
Nowitzki made 14-of-23 field goals, 8-of-9 free throws and also added four assists for the Mavericks, who have won four of five games. Terry scored 19 points and Devin Harris added 15.
Josh Howard had 14 points, 13 rebounds and six assists for the Mavericks, who shot 50 percent in beating the Kings for the eighth time in 10 games.
“I thought out guys played hard. We missed ton of shots in the last seven minutes, open shots,” Kings coach Rick Adelman said.
Dallas took a 54-49 halftime lead as Nowitzki had 17 points and Terry added 13.
Nowitzki scored 13 points in the first quarter, helping the Mavericks to a 33-21 lead. … In the previous 25 games, Price had played just 24 total minutes. … Dallas is 9-4 on the road this year.