Bibby's last-chance 3 to win clangs off

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The way their last two home games have
ended, maybe going on the road for a while isn't such a bad things
for the Sacramento Kings.

For the second time in four nights, the Kings left the floor
after a two-point loss pleading for a goaltending call that never
came. Jason Terry followed Erick Dampier's block of Cuttino
Mobley's drive with a three-point play that gave Dallas a 115-113
victory Friday night.

This time the Kings had a better case. While Amare Stoudemire's
last-second block for Phoenix of Brad Miller's shot appeared to be
clean, Dampier's clearly came after Mobley's shot hit the

"It's mind boggling how you miss that when the ball clearly
hits the board first," Kings coach Rick Adelman said. "It's a
shame that there is nothing we can do about it. What amazes me is
the three of them acted like they didn't even know what we were
talking about."

According to the NBA rule book, goaltending occurs if a defender
touches "a ball after it has touched any part of the backboard
above ring level, whether the ball is considered on its upward or
downward flight," as long as it has a chance to go in.

"Everybody saw it. The tape don't lie," Mobley said.

Instead of the Kings taking a three-point lead, the Mavericks
came back and Terry scored on a drive and drew a foul from Chris
Webber. The three-point play put Dallas up 115-113 with 12.6
seconds to go.

"I was just looking for contact," Terry said. "I knew the
time and score and wanted to draw a foul. Fortunately I got it high
enough off the backboard and it went in."

During the ensuing timeout, the Kings played the replay of
Dampier's block seven times and owners Gavin and Joe Maloof pointed
pleadingly at the video board. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who has
had his share of fines for replaying controversial calls too many
times in Dallas, merely smirked.

"I still consider it a good block," Dampier said. "They
counted it so it was a good block."

The Kings still had one last chance to win it but Mike Bibby
missed an open 3-pointer at the buzzer.

"He probably makes that shot nine out of 10 times," Terry
said. "The way he was going tonight, I thought he would make it.
Thank god he didn't."

The Kings have lost four in a row for the first time since
dropping the last four games of the 1999-00 season and now head on
the road for nine of their next 10 games.

Mobley had to be held back from going after the officials by
Miller after the game.

"If you fail to make a crucial play two nights in a row should
you get fired for that?" Mobley said.

Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 27 points, Michael Finley added 19
and Terry 17 as coach Don Nelson tied Dick Motta with the most wins
in franchise history with 329.

Terry scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, none bigger than
the final three.

"The kid can score," Nowitzki said. "He showed in Atlanta ...
that he can flat-out score. Down the stretch, we were just a little
bit luckier than them."

Bibby led the Kings with 25, Webber added 23 points and 11
rebounds and Miller had 22 points and 10 boards.

Nowitzki gave Dallas its first lead of the fourth quarter with
two free throws that made it 110-109 with 3:06 to play. Webber
answered with a jump hook before Nowitzki put Dallas back ahead
112-111 with 2:08 to go with two more foul shots.

Two free throws by Miller put the Kings up 113-112 on the next
possession but that would be their last points. Webber missed two
free throws with 1:18 to go and Bibby missed a shot just before
Dampier's block of Mobley.

These teams are familiar foes, meeting for the 22nd time over
the last three seasons. The Kings knocked Dallas out of the
playoffs last season, getting revenge for Dallas' seven-game win in

Like most of those meetings, this one was also dominated by the
offenses. Dallas and Sacramento who have been in the top five in
scoring in the league in each of the last six years.

After Bibby's 3-pointer gave the Kings a 96-92 lead on their
first possession of the fourth quarter, Sacramento had outscored
half of the 22 teams that had already played Friday night.

The Mavericks shot 60 percent in the first half and still
trailed 64-61 because the Kings made 54 percent of their shots and
had five players in double figures in the opening half.

Game notes
Kings president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie was
given a four-year extension before the game. ... Nowitzki got a
technical for arguing a foul call in the third quarter. ...
Sacramento committed five turnovers in the first 5 minutes of the
fourth quarter after having only six in the first three quarters.


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