Mavericks 105, Kings 102
DALLAS (AP) _ Michael Finley scored 38 points and converted two key free throws with 15.4 seconds left as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Sacramento Kings 105-102 Tuesday night.
Finley had four second-half 3-pointers and the Mavericks went 13-for-19 from 3-point range to win for the ninth time in their last 13 games.
The Kings were without leading scorer and rebounder Chris Webber, held out as he rested a strained left hamstring. Webber suffered the injury in the second half of Sunday’s victory over Philadelphia and is listed as day-to-day.
Corliss Williamson’s 20 points paced the Kings, who had won six of their previous nine. Vlade Divac added 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Erick Strickland had 21 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 13 for the Mavericks.
The Kings rallied from a 17-point third-quarter deficit and were within 103-102 with 19.8 seconds left on Jason Williams’ layup.
But Finley made two free throws with 15.4 seconds left to extend Dallas’ advantage to 105-102.
Sacramento tried to work Predrag Stojakovic free for a 3-pointer, but Stojakovic stepped out of bounds in the left corner with 2.7 seconds left before he was able to get a shot off.
Sacramento took a 97-96 lead with 3:38 left on Stojakovic’s 3-pointer.
But Finley converted two free throws, then hit a short jumper with 2:40 left to give Dallas a 100-97 advantage with 2:40 remaining.
The Mavericks were in front by as many as 17 in the third quarter before the Kings went on a 13-2 run to reduce the deficit to 72-66. Sacramento was within 80-75 after three quarters.
Notes: Mavericks reserve guard Robert Pack missed the game after undergoing root canal surgery earlier in the day. ... Dallas shot 58 percent (25-for-43) in the first half and held a 58-46 halftime lead. ... Finley’s season high is 39 points. ... Webber is averaging 24.2 points and 10.6 rebounds.