"Farouq is pound for pound one of our better rebounders so that does help," said coach Rick Carlisle, who called the 52-28 rebounding advantage the key to their win. "It doesn't matter who's out there. We just have to have five guys in a pursuit mode, in a pursuit mindset going after everything that's in the air."
"We knew it was going to be a dog fight, but the good thing is we stayed together," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "The Kings are pretty tough, but we came through. Every game has such a high level of importance. We need to play much better than tonight."