The short-handed Sacramento Kings, with only 10 players in uniform after trading four players to the Toronto Raptors to get Rudy Gay and two others from Toronto, had no trouble with the Dallas Mavericks Monday night at Sleep Train Arena in a 112-97 win.
Isaiah Thomas, starting at point guard for the first time this season after Greivis Vasquez was among those dealt to the Raptors, finished with 24 points and 12 assists in 38 minutes, while DeMarcus Cousins went for 32 points and 19 rebounds with three steals.
But the star of the night was the guy who used to be the new guy in Sacramento. Derrick Williams played 35 minutes and poured in a career-high 31 points on 12-of-16 shooting, including 3-of-5 from long range, and had five steals, also a career best.
The Kings led by as many as 24 points in the fourth quarter before Dallas tightened up the final score in garbage time.
Sacramento led 57-47 at halftime and the Mavericks were never able to get closer than five after the break.
It might have been the best defensive performance of the year for the Kings, holding the high-powered Mavericks to 95 points on 38.9 percent shooting, including a woeful 5-for-27 from the 3-point line. Sacramento also hammered Dallas on the glass, to the tune of a 51-39 advantage, and were able to overcome 21 turnovers that led to 25 Mavs points.
But with the quicker Thomas running the show, the Kings really got out and ran Monday night, piling up 23 fast-break points to just five for Dallas.
Jason Thompson added 10 points for the Kings.
Monta Ellis led the Mavericks with 21 points. Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points and seven assists while blocking two shots, Jose Calderon scored 11 points and rookie Shane Larkin came off the bench to score 10 with three steals in just 11 minutes. Jae Crowder led the Mavericks on the boards with seven rebounds.
It was the second straight win for Sacramento (6-13) and also snapped a four-game skid at Sleep Train Arena. For the Mavericks (13-9), it broke a three-game winning streak.
The Kings host the Utah Jazz at Sleep Train Arena on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Pacific, with Gay expected to make his Sacramento debut.