Kings' rally falls short in loss to Mavericks
Mavs ride past Kings
SACRAMENTO -- For the second straight night, the Sacramento Kings went flat in the fourth quarter and got beat on their home floor. The Dallas Mavericks looked well rested and ready to play. They used an 18-0 run to punish the Kings late and come away with the 106-99 victory.
Dwight Powell put in work for Dallas, finishing above the rim on multiple occasions in the win. Powell was one of six Maverick players to log double-figure scoring as Dallas snapped their five game losing streak.
De’Aaron Fox won the battle against fellow rookie Dennis Smith Jr., but he lost the war, as Sacramento dropped to last place in the Western Conference standings.
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Dwight Powell is a dunk machine. The Stanford product went to work in the pick-and-roll, coming away with 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting. It’s hard to miss when you are hanging above the rim catching lobs. The high-flying big added nine rebounds in the win.
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Harrison Barnes his 4-of-8 from long range to score a game-high 18 for the Mavs. He was aggressive late, hitting the Kings for two big dunks inside of two minutes to finish off the win.
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Fox scored 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting while added four assists and three steals. Smith Jr. scored 12 points for Dallas, but he shot just 5-of-15 from the field and turned the ball over five times in the matchup.
Dallas punched the Kings in the mouth in the late third and early fourth quarter. The Mavs used a 18-0 run to open up a 12-point advantage and put the Kings away on their home floor.
The Kings will take Super Bowl Sunday off before returning to Golden 1 Center Monday evening to face the Chicago Bulls. They’ll return their home court Friday to play the Trail Blazers before heading back out on the road for a three game trip.