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Dallas Mavericks' Samuel Dalembert , left, of Haiti, helps defend as Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins (15) takes a hand to the face from the Mavericks' Monta Ellis, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

DALLAS (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points, and the Dallas Mavericks avoided a potentially serious blow to their playoff hopes by rallying in the fourth quarter for a 103-100 victory against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.

The Mavericks blew a 17-point lead and trailed by five in the fourth quarter before recovering for their 20th straight regular-season win at home against Sacramento, the longest against any opponent in franchise history.

Dallas (44-30) is in a virtual tie with Memphis (43-29) for eighth place in the Western Conference, a half-game behind Phoenix. The Mavericks have eight games left and finish the regular season at the Grizzlies.

Rudy Gay scored 30 for the Kings.

Monta Ellis had 17 points and six assists and Sam Dalembert added 15 as Dallas avoided a second loss to a West also-ran on a franchise-record eight-game homestand that ends Tuesday night against Golden State.

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