At least the Sacramento Kings made the score close days after losing by 32 points to the Grizzlies and 20 points to the Nets.
The Dallas Mavericks, who entered the game with a 5-16 record on the road, came back to beat the Kings after a late fourth quarter rally that prompted an overtime, 117-112. It was their fourth overtime game in their past 11 games.
Vince Carter woke up, scoring 23 points on 13-of-16 free throw shooting. O.J. Mayo also shared the 20-point seat with Carter, as he poured in 24 points and also collected 10 rebounds. Carter and Mayo erupted for a combined 21 points in the fourth quarter, which played a big role in Dallas’s comeback victory.
DeMarcus Cousins scored 29 points for the Kings on 9-of-14 shooting. He and Tyreke Evans, who scored 20 points in the game, erupted at the opposite time as the Mavericks’ tandem, combining for 19 points in the first quarter instead.
The Kings led 25-23 after the first quarter, and would build that lead up to seven by halftime, as Evans continued his scoring streak with nine in the second.With 6:15 to go in the second, Evans scored seven unanswered points. Although, that would be about all he would get for the remainder of the game. Still, his breakout performance is an intriguing sign, as he has been sidelined for the majority of the season.
The Kings came out of the locker room on fire, scoring seven straight points to take a 56-42 lead. The Mavericks also hit some shots, but the Kings would maintain a double-digit lead in large part due to Francisco Garcia’s 11 third quarter points.
With 4:41 remaining in the fourth quarter, Dallas went on a 12-2 run, taking a 96-93 lead with less than two minutes to go. Isaiah Thomas saved the Kings with a three-pointer to send the game into overtime, but Sacramento blew a 10-point lead.
Shawn Marion made a shot jumper with 57 seconds left in overtime, and Carter made two free throws to give Dallas a four-point lead. Carter would miss a pair of free throws a few seconds later, but Thomas couldn’t repeat his heroics, missing a 27-footer that would’ve tied the game.