Kings Win Seesaw Mavs Game

Dallas' sharp shooting can't compensate for soft D
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2008 2:45 AM CST
Sacramento Kings forward John Salmons, right, goes up for a shot over Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, of Germany, left during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif.,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Coming off a seven-game win streak may have made the Mavericks overconfident, and certainly their 57% field goal shooting—65% from behind the arc—might have made it seem last night's game was in the bag. But the Kings took advantage of 19 turnovers and rocked a shaky Dallas defense to win 122-120, the Dallas Morning News reports.

John Salmons finished a 22-point night with the game-winning bucket at 2.4 seconds to go, negating Jason Terry's five points in the final 22 seconds. "Nobody really could stop each other there at the end, and it was like whoever had the ball last was going to win," concluded Mavs coach Avery Johnson.