In front of another small crowd due to protests, Kings fall to Mavericks
SACRAMENTO -- For the second time in three games, Golden 1 Center was surrounded by protesters. Approximately 4,000 fans made it in the doors before the arena was locked down, but the game went on as scheduled.
The Sacramento Kings and Dallas Mavericks played a spirited 48 minutes of action. In the end, the Kings couldn’t come up with stops and the Mavs hit shots to come away with the 103-97 victory.
Five Kings scored in double-figures, but it wasn’t enough. Harrison Barnes and Dennis Smith Jr. torched Sacramento for a combined 39 as the Mavs improved to 23-51.
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The matchup to watch coming into the night was the rookie point guard battle of Smith Jr. versus De’Aaron Fox. Smith dominated the action, finishing with 19 points and six assists in just 24 minutes. Fox struggled with his shot, knocking down 2-for-10 from the field for five points and he added six assists.
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Koufos went off. The veteran big brought energy off the bench in the first half scoring all 15 of his points before the intermission. Koufos added seven rebounds, but he sat out the second half and played just 14 minutes of action.
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Skal Labissiere picked up the start and stuffed the stat sheet. He scored a team-high 19 points to go with eight rebounds, three assists and a block.
It was a tight game through two quarters, but the Mavs pulled away early in the second half and took a double-digit lead. The Kings made a late run, but they didn’t have the juice to complete the comeback.
Garrett Temple (left ankle sprain) missed his his third straight game. Zach Randolph sat out as a healthy scratch. Iman Shumpert has yet to suit up for Sacramento due to knee rehab and plantar fasciitis. Harry Giles (knee rehab) is out for the season.
The Kings return to Golden 1 Center Thursday evening where they’ll host the Indiana Pacers. Sacramento will finish the homestand Saturday against the Warriors before heading out on the road for four straight.