NBA Gameday: Kings go for two in a row vs skidding Mavs


NBA Gameday: Kings go for two in a row vs skidding Mavs

The Sacramento Kings look to make it two in a row when they visit the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center for a Sunday matinee. When these two teams met earlier in the month, the Kings jumped all over the Mavs and ran away with a 31-point victory. They could use another game like that before returning home to face the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday afternoon.

Sacramento is 5-10 on the road this season, but they are coming off an unexpected win in Memphis on Friday night against a quality Grizzlies team. Garrett Temple stepped up with a 17-point, six-rebound, four-assist game in his second straight start at the shooting guard spot and Kosta Koufos dropped in a big 16-point, 13-rebound double-double in the win.

The Mavericks have lost two straight and have struggled all season with injury issues. Future Hall of Fame forward Dirk Nowitzki has missed 10 consecutive games with an Achilles issue and has only seen the court in five games this season.


Mavs by 1.5


Garrett Temple vs. Wes Matthews -- The Kings chased Matthews heavily in free agency two summers ago, but the veteran chose to sign in Dallas instead. He’s off to a rocky start this season, but his 3-point shot is finally coming around. Temple took the Kings’ money and has quickly become a fan favorite with his gritty defensive play and versatile game. After coming off the bench for the first 24 games, Temple has started the last two games for coach Dave Joerger, posting 18.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 33 minutes with the first unit.


Kings: 10-16, third place in Pacific

Mavs: 6-20, last place in Southwest


Kings: SF Rudy (hip flexor) doubtful, SF Omri Casspi (illness) questionable.

Mavs: C Andrew Bogut (knee) out, F Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) out, J.J. Barea (calf) out.


Sacramento leads the season series 1-0 against the Mavericks after a 120-89 blowout victory earlier this month at the American Airlines Center. The Mavs hold a 91-66 advantage over the Kings all-time, and a 74-53 lead during the Sacramento-era.

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

Vince Carter 'very humbled' to pass Patrick Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Half man, half amazing. Vincanity. Air-Canada. V.C.

Vince Carter has plenty of nicknames on his bio. He also has plenty of achievements over his long NBA career. On Monday night in Sacramento, he added a new one.  

With his seven point performance in the Kings’ 106-90 loss to the Detroit Pistons, the 41-year-old forward surpassed a former teammate on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

“It means a lot, because in my days in Orlando, I played with Pat Ewing and know him very well,” Carter said following the game.

Carter came into the night needing five points to tie Ewing’s 24,815 mark for 22nd place on the all-time scoring list.

In the early second quarter, Carter stole a pass from Andre Drummond at the top of the key  and flew down for a breakaway jam to move within three points of Ewing.

“It’s fun for everyone, just to show I can still do it,” Carter said of the dunk. “I think I’ve proven I can, but it’s still fun. I told James Ennis on the way, I said, ‘stay back, don’t foul me.’”

Ennis likely couldn’t have caught Carter either way, but the slam got the Kings crowd going.

At the 4:12 mark of the second, Carter drilled a 12-footer to move within one point of Ewing and with 29.5 seconds remaining in the third, Carter knocked down a 26-foot 3-pointer that rattled around and tried to spin out.

That was the last bucket of the evening for Carter, giving him 24,817 for his 20-year career. He now sits alone in 22nd place, two points ahead of the former New York Knicks star center.

“That’s crazy,” 20-year-old De’Aaron Fox said. “That’s a lot of buckets. Top-25, that’s huge - a lot of guys won’t get close to that.”

Carter now sits just 375 points behind legendary Laker, Jerry West for 21st place and 462 shy of Reggie Miller for a spot in the top 20.

“When you talk about (being) in the top 25 in scoring all-time, you just look at the list of the greats and elite players and the best of the best that still play, and to be in that group, I’m very humbled and thankful for it,” Carter told the media scrum surrounding his locker.

Carter was away from the team over the weekend dealing with a death in the family. He returned to Sacramento to play on Monday, but did so with a heavy heart.

For most of his life, the basketball court has been his place to escape. After two decades as a pro, it still has that effect.

“I just still love it, it’s been great to me, it gives me an opportunity to be around the younger generation and still be around the game I love and accomplish things like this,” Carter said.

He’s played sparingly for Sacramento this season, but his impact on the bench, in practice and behind the scenes as a leader and mentor to the young Kings has been immeasurable.

Carter hasn’t committed to retiring following the season. He will weigh his options, but there is a possibly he will look for one last run at an NBA championship.

Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list


Carter passes Ewing on all-time scoring list

SACRAMENTO -- Moving on up. Vince Carter came into Monday evening’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons needing just five points to surpass Patrick Ewing for 22nd place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. He got that and a little more.

Carter, 41, picked off a Pistons pass in the second quarter and hammered down a breakaway dunk to score his first two points of the evening. He knocked down a jumper in the lane before halftime to get within one point of Ewing and then moved ahead of the 7-footer with a 3-pointer in the third quarter.

The 20-year NBA veteran now sits at 24,817 points. He is 375 points behind the great Jerry West’s 25,192, who currently sits in 21st place on the all-time list.