The Sacramento Kings were never able to recover tonight after a 14 point second quarter. Other than cutting the score to 14 points early in the third quarter, the Kings never made the game competitive, and were never able to recover from a poor second quarter effort.
The Kings were outplayed in almost every facet of the game tonight as they turned the ball over 19 times, to translate into 25 fast break points for Dallas. They had 18 fast break points on only eight Dallas turnovers.
Dallas controlled the paint, as they outscored the Kings 44- 30.
The Kings had big performances from Francisco Garcia and Demarcus Cousins as both scored 25 points on 19 for 33 from the field for 57 percent. Jason Thompson had a quiet double double with 12 rebounds and 11 points. John Salmons had seven assists. Marcus Thronton scored 10 points to break into double digit scoring for the first time in three games.
While Sacramento didn’t have the worst offensive output of the season, they couldn’t contain a balanced scoring effort by the Mavericks. Six Mavericks scored in double digits tonight as they had 26 assists and only eight turnovers. Chris Kaman and O.J. Mayo were almost unstoppable scoring when they wanted, and controlling the offensive tempo.
The Kings were simply out played, and caught on their heels by the Mavericks. Dallas came out ready to play hard, and prepared to fight for every possession. The Kings never matched the Mavericks intensity and energy. While Cousins had his fourth straight big game, he wasn’t as effective on the boards as he had been in the previous three games.
Tyreke Evans sat out his third straight game, and his sixth in the last seven games. He is expected to be ready Wednesday in Milwaukee against the Bucks. Smart said he wanted to allow Evans to practice at least once before inserting him back into the lineup. If the Kings hope to get back into the win column against the Bucks, they will need to come out ready to play Wednesday, and ready to show that while they are a young team; they are improving.