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Dallas Mavericks: One Step Closer To No. 2 Seed

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By Scott

Led by Dirk Nowitzki, the Dallas Mavericks took another step in the right direction of securing the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference of the NBA as they routed Sacramento 126-108 on Saturday. Nowitzki poured in 39 points and Jason Kidd recorded his 105th triple-double as the Mavs moved to 53-27 on the year. Dallas now has sole possession of second place in the Western Conference playoff race. Their win, along with Denver’s loss to San Antonio, moved them into second place behind Los Angeles.

“Obviously we would love to be the No. 2 seed [behind the Lakers],” Nowitzki said. “We would like to have homecourt advantage as long as we can. But you look at the bottom four teams, there are no easy matchups.”

Dallas played consistent basketball all game. As a team they recorded 27 assists and shot 53 percent from the field. Nowitzki connected on 12-of-20 from the field and was a perfect 13-of-13 from the line to follow up his 40-point performance on Friday night.

“We talked this morning about getting a big emotional win [Friday in Portland] and not having a letdown,” Nowitzki said. “We came out and set the tone early, pushing the ball and building the lead. And we kept making timely shots when we needed them.”

The Kings (25-55) have now lost nine of their last ten. Carl Landry led Sacramento with 30 points and the Kings could just not stop the shooting of Nowitzki and the Mavericks who were hot from beyond the arch.

“You want teams to shoot more 3-point shots as opposed to getting inside when you’re a smaller team like we are, but when they shoot 62 percent on 3s it’s hard to mount much of a comeback,” Kings coach Paul Westphal said.

Dallas has now won three straight games and four consecutive on the road. They clinched the Southwest Division with their win over the Portland Trailblazers on Friday. They are now one game ahead of Denver with two games left. They Mavericks will play at the Clippers on Monday and conclude the regular season at Home against San Antonio on Wednesday. These two games are very important according to their head coach.

“It was a solid win for us, everyone counts and we need them all,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “Each game has a critical meaning for the playoffs. Our guys are focused on that.”

NBA sportsbooks have the Mavericks as 12/1 favorites to win the 2010 NBA Championship.

Led by Dirk Nowitzki, the Dallas Mavericks took another step in the right direction of securing the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference of the NBA as they routed Sacramento 126-108 on Saturday. Nowitzki poured in 39 points and Jason Kidd recorded his 105th triple-double as the Mavs moved to 53-27 on the year. Dallas now has sole possession of second place in the Western Conference playoff race. Their win, along with Denver’s loss to San Antonio, moved them into second place behind Los Angeles.

“Obviously we would love to be the No. 2 seed [behind the Lakers],” Nowitzki said. “We would like to have homecourt advantage as long as we can. But you look at the bottom four teams, there are no easy matchups.”

Dallas played consistent basketball all game. As a team they recorded 27 assists and shot 53 percent from the field. Nowitzki connected on 12-of-20 from the field and was a perfect 13-of-13 from the line to follow up his 40-point performance on Friday night.

“We talked this morning about getting a big emotional win [Friday in Portland] and not having a letdown,” Nowitzki said. “We came out and set the tone early, pushing the ball and building the lead. And we kept making timely shots when we needed them.”

The Kings (25-55) have now lost nine of their last ten. Carl Landry led Sacramento with 30 points and the Kings could just not stop the shooting of Nowitzki and the Mavericks who were hot from beyond the arch.

“You want teams to shoot more 3-point shots as opposed to getting inside when you’re a smaller team like we are, but when they shoot 62 percent on 3s it’s hard to mount much of a comeback,” Kings coach Paul Westphal said.

Dallas has now won three straight games and four consecutive on the road. They clinched the Southwest Division with their win over the Portland Trailblazers on Friday. They are now one game ahead of Denver with two games left. They Mavericks will play at the Clippers on Monday and conclude the regular season at Home against San Antonio on Wednesday. These two games are very important according to their head coach.

“It was a solid win for us, everyone counts and we need them all,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “Each game has a critical meaning for the playoffs. Our guys are focused on that.”

NBA sportsbooks have the Mavericks as 12/1 favorites to win the 2010 NBA Championship.