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Mavericks bench dominates in win over Kings

Mavericks bench dominates in win over Kings

Humphries scored 10 in the first half to help give Dallas a 47-42 edge at halftime.

Dallas built a 10-point lead in the third quarter before Sacramento closed the gap in the final 4 minutes. Behind six points from Thompson, the Kings went on a 10-3 spurt to get within 68-65 after three.

"We played hard enough to make a run in the last five minutes," Kings forward Andres Nocioni said. "For a young team like this one, these kinds of games will help us a lot."

Terry had six points in a 12-4 run that gave the Mavericks a cushion in the fourth.

Sacramento cut the deficit to 83-80 on Evans' step back jumper with 5 minutes left, before Terry answered with back-to-back jumpers and spun past Evans to nail a 15-footer and put Dallas ahead 91-82.

Nowitzki, off an assist from Terry, hit a jumper and two free throws to extend the advantage to 95-84 with 2:02 left. Evans hit a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left to bring Sacramento within three, but Terry hit two free throws with 1.6 seconds remaining to keep the Kings winless in Dallas since Feb. 27, 2003.

"The bench was great." Nowitzki said. "We needed a little pickup there. We were coasting along and couldn't get much going. (Terry) did a good job getting three, four pullups in a row and got the separation we needed."

NOTES: Dampier has been attending games and sitting on the bench in a suit. "We'll know something next week," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "There are still tests to be done. We're going to let this battery of things go on and be absolutely sure of the prognosis." ... Evans reached at least 20 points for a sixth straight game. ... The Kings scored 26 of their first 28 in the paint.

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