Originally created 05/12/02

Kings top Mavericks in OT



DALLAS -- The Sacramento Kings overcame the loss of All-Stars Chris Webber and Peja Stojakovic and a big scoring game by Dallas' Big 3 to take control of their Western Conference semifinal series.

Mike Bibby drove around Michael Finley and over Dirk Nowitzki to score with 12.2 seconds left in overtime Saturday, and the Kings beat the Mavericks 115-113 to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Nowitzki, who had 31 points and 12 rebounds after being held in check the first three games of the series, drove into the lane, but missed a potential game-tying shot with 2.5 seconds left. Nowitzki couldn't control the rebound, and by the time Finley retrieved the ball and heaved a long shot, the game was over.

The series moves back to Sacramento for Game 5 on Monday night.

Webber had 30 points and 10 rebounds, but fouled out with 4:45 left and the Kings ahead 100-99. Sacramento's other big man, Vlade Divac, fouled out early in overtime.

Stojakovic left Game 3 with a severely sprained right ankle and is questionable for the rest of the series.

Bobby Jackson, who started for Stojakovic, scored 15 of his 26 points during a fourth-quarter rally for Sacramento. Bibby finished with 24 points and also had the tying basket with 31 seconds left in regulation.

Finley had 28 points for the Mavericks, and Steve Nash scored 24. But Nash also had nine turnovers.