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Howard Feels Well Enough to Lead Mavericks

Associated Press
Friday, March 18, 2005; Page D03

Josh Howard had 21 points and 11 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks overcame an off night by top scorer Dirk Nowitzki to beat the visiting Portland Trail Blazers, 98-94, last night.

Howard missed the morning's shoot-around with the flu, but felt well enough to start. He scored 10 of Dallas's last 20 points, including a three-pointer to break a tie at 90 with 1 minute 59 seconds left.

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Michael Finley had 17 points and Marquis Daniels added 16 for the Mavericks, who had lost three of their previous five home games.

Nowitzki, averaging 26.7 points, finished with 15 points on 4-of-17 shooting. He did hit four key free throws in the final minute and grabbed nine rebounds.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Damon Stoudamire had 20 points each for the Trail Blazers, who've lost three in a row and nine of 10.

WARRIORS 100, KINGS 97: Jason Richardson hit a long jumper with 27 seconds left and finished with 40 points as Golden State saddled Sacramento with its fourth straight road loss.

After Richardson's basket, the Kings missed four shots, including three-point attempts by Mike Bibby and Peja Stojakovic just before the final buzzer.

Cuttino Mobley was 6 of 7 from three-point range and finished with 28 points and nine rebounds for Sacramento.


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