Sacramento Kings Can’t Hold Off Late Charge, Lose In Dallas For 19th Straight Time

 

Jan 31, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Sacramento Kings small forward Rudy Gay (8) shoots as Dallas Mavericks small forward Jae Crowder (9) defends during the game at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Dirk Nowitzki scored 12 of his team-high 34 points in the fourth quarter and Monta Ellis dropped in 11 of his 20 points in the same period as the Dallas Mavericks came from behind to top the Sacramento Kings at American Airlines Center in Dallas Friday night 107-103.

For the Kings (15-31) it was their sixth straight loss and their 19th in a row in Dallas, where their last victory came on Feb. 27, 2003.

Sacramento led by as many as seven points in the fourth quarter before the Mavs charged back with a 9-0 run, taking the lead on a pair of Nowitzki free throws with 6:54 remaining. The Kings came back to tie the game twice, including on a driving runner by Isaiah Thomas with 3:19 to play that tied the score at 94-94.

But on the next trip down the floor, Brandan Wright knocked down a short jumper that gave Dallas a 96-94 lead and they would never trail again.

The Kings got to within two three times afterward, but never had a one possession game and the ball. Ellis helped ice it by converting a three-point play with 12.4 seconds left to put the Mavericks (27-21) up by five, 105-100.

Sacramento took a six-point lead into the fourth quarter on the strength of a strong surge in the third period, when they outscored Dallas 32-21.

Jose Calderon had 14 points for the Mavericks to go with seven assists and Wright logged a double-double off the bench with 10 points and a season-high 10 rebounds. Ellis also notched three steals.

Rudy Gay led the Kings—who were without DeMarcus Cousins for the fifth straight game—with 35 points, 12 rebounds and six assists and Thomas had 19 points and six dimes. Aaron Gray, starting in place of Cousins, blocked three shots.

Sacramento was 38-for-75 (50.7 percent) overall, 7-for-21 (33.3 percent) from 3-point range and 20-for-23 (87 percent) from the foul line. Dallas was 38-for-80 (47.5 percent), 2-for-19 (10.5 percent) and 29-for-36 (80.6 percent).

The Kings won the rebounding battle 39-37, but the Mavericks had a 50-44 edge in the paint and a 16-5 advantage on the fast break, while committing just four turnovers. Sacramento turned it over 15 times and lost the points off turnovers by an 18-4 margin.

The Kings continue their two-game Texas trip Saturday night in San Antonio. Tip is set for 5:30 p.m. Pacific.

Topics: Sacramento Kings

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