Dallas pounds Philly

Published: Friday, January 24, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 24, 2003 at 12:36 a.m.
PHILADELPHIA - Dirk Nowitzki had 30 points and 14 rebounds and Steve Nash added 21 points and 13 assists, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 107-94 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night.
Michael Finley scored 19 and Nick Van Exel added 16 for the Mavericks, who improved the NBA's best record to 33-8 with their second straight win after a dismal West Coast trip on which they lost three in a row.
Allen Iverson and Keith Van Horn each scored 25 for the Sixers, who have lost 12 of 16.
Philadelphia has alternated wins and losses in its last six games after losing nine of 10. The Sixers, who opened the season 10-0 at the First Union Center, are 1-7 in their last eight home games.
Philadelphia, which trailed by 18 in the second quarter, closed to 50-47 following a three-point play by Iverson early in the third. But the Mavericks answered with seven straight points and 11 of the next 13.
Nowitzki had seven straight points during the stretch, displaying all the skills that have made him one of toughest players to defend in the league. First, he hit a 3-pointer. Then, he sank a 19-foot jumper. Finally, he scored on a driving layup, giving the Mavericks a 61-49 lead.
  • Chris Webber had 26 points and Peja Stojakovic added 22 as the Sacramento Kings rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 104-98 Thursday night and complete a sweep of the four-game season series.
    Memphis took a 97-96 lead on Jason Williams's 3-pointer with 1:14 left, but the Kings scored eight straight points and the Grizzlies never recovered.
    The Kings also got 18 points from Mike Bibby and 13 from Divac.
    Memphis was led by Pau Gasol's 24 points and 17 rebounds. Lorenzen Wright had 17 points, while Gordan Giricek added 16.
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