Mavericks rally from 24 down to defeat Kings

Dirk Nowitzki
Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points and seven rebounds in the Mavericks’ come-back victory over the Sacramento Kings, 106-98.
(Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press)

Dirk Nowitzki became the highest-scoring NBA player born outside the U.S. and the Dallas Mavericks rallied from 24 points down to beat the visiting Sacramento Kings, 106-98, on Tuesday night.

Monta Ellis scored 10 of his 16 points in the third quarter, including a fadeaway three-pointer at the buzzer after the Mavericks had taken their first lead in their 21st straight regular-season win at home against Sacramento.

Nowitzki passed Hakeem Olajuwon for ninth place on the all-time scoring list. The 7-foot German finished with 23 for 26,953 career points, seven more than the Nigerian-born former star of the Houston Rockets.

Rudy Gay scored 26 to lead the Kings, who were outscored 58-28 from the middle of the second quarter to the end of the third.


at Portland 102, Charlotte 100: In another big comeback, the Trail Blazers trailed by 23 points in the first half before rallying in the fourth quarter. Damian Lillard scored 29 points and Charlotte’s Gary Neal made a layup at the final buzzer that would have sent the game into overtime, but the referees reversed the call after a review.

San Antonio 113, at Golden State 100: Tony Parker scored 28 points and the veteran Spurs followed their victory over the Clippers with an impressive back-to-back win.

at Toronto 104, Orlando 100: Kyle Lowry scored 19 points, Terrence Ross had 17 and the Raptors erased an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter for their ninth consecutive victory over the Magic.

at Milwaukee 85, Oklahoma City 78: O.J. Mayo scored 19 points and Brandon Knight added 16 as the Bucks dropped the Thunder to 0-5 on the road.


at Memphis 107, Lakers 102