Kings Texas two-step all over the Mavericks
Easy does it
It’s not the All-Star break quite yet. The Sacramento Kings went into AmericanAirlines Arena Tuesday evening and dropped a hammer on the Dallas Mavericks. Sacramento led by double-digits most of the game and held on for a 114-109 win in Big D.
Zach Randolph got it going early, but it was a complete team effort for Sacramento. The Kings finished with a season-high 30 assists, including 11 from the starting backcourt of De’Aaron Fox and Bogdan Bogdanovic.
Harrison Barnes and Dennis Smith Jr. led the way for Dallas, but it wasn’t nearly enough to keep up with the Kings’ offense.
Z-Bo went to work. After a sub-par January, the 36-year-old big has come back to life in February. He lit Dallas up for 22 points on 10-for-15 shooting and added seven rebounds in 25 minutes of action. Dallas had no answer for the 17-year NBA veteran.
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Bogdan Bogdanovic stuffed the stat sheet. The rookie shooting guard posted 19 points on 8-of-17 shooting, including three makes from the long range. He added five rebounds and four assists in the win.
Sacramento was the aggressor from the opening tip. They led 29-16 after the first quarter and 65-44 at the half. Dallas made a late run to make the score look respectable, but the game was never in question.
Newcomers Iman Shumpert (plantar fasciitis) and Bruno Caboclo (personal) sat out. Skal Labissiere (left shoulder strain) and Frank Mason (plantar fascia) are both out until after the All-Star break. Harry Giles (knee rehab) is out for the season.
The Kings finish their pre-All-Star break schedule Wednesday in Houston against the high-powered Rockets They’ll take a week off before returning to Golden 1 Center Feb. 22 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.