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A 20-point deficit early on proved to be no big deal for the Mavericks en route to another history making night for Dirk Nowitzki.
Nowitzki surpassed Hakeem Olajuwon for ninth all-time in scoring and first among foreign-born NBA players as Dallas rallied from that early hole and down nine at halftime to beat the Kings at the American Airlines Center.
Down 32-14 after the first period, the Mavs outscored Sacramento 92-66 the rest of the way.
All 23 of Nowtzki’s points came after the first quarter. Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons and Monta Ellis were all shut out for the first 12 minutes but combined for 58 the rest of the way.
By contrast, Sacramento’s Rudy Gay, DeMarcus Cousins and Ben McLemore combined for 27 points in the first period and were held to 32 for the remainder of the game.
Dallas’ bench also played a huge part. Devin Harris and Brandan Wright alone outscored Sacramento’s bench 22-21.


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