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Kings at Mavericks: Jason Kidd Leads Mavs to 116-100 Victory

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Kings at Mavericks: Jason Kidd Leads Mavs to 116-100 Victory

Another game without Tyreke Evans, another loss.

Unlike the blowout loss to Oklahoma City yesterday, the Kings actually got off to a good start, scoring the first 5 points of the game and leading for most of the first quarter. Sacramento used its 21st different starting lineup, featuring Dalembert, Cousins, Casspi, Udrih and little used swingman Jermaine Taylor in place of Evans.

It was Taylor who helped Sacramento get off to a hot start, scoring 15 points in the first quarter and a half, tying his previous career high. He ended up with 17 points (leading the Kings in scoring), 5 assists, 4 steals and 3 rebounds in 38 minutes of play, by far one of the better games of his young career. The night ended on a sour note for Jermaine though, as he left the game late in the 4th quarter with a leg injury.

The Mavericks made a big push in the 2nd and 3rd quarters though that effectively put the Kings out of commission. The run was fueled by their guards.

Jason Kidd was on fire, hitting 6-7 of his three point attempts and finishing with 20 points, with most of his damage coming in a huge 24-6 3rd quarter run for Dallas. Jose Juan Barea (11 points, 10 assists) and Jason Terry (12 points) also had good games off the bench.

Another Dallas guard who made a good contribution was Rodrigue Beaubois, playing in his first game all season after breaking his foot in the offseason. It didn’t look like he was rusty at all though, providing early energy for the Mavs and scoring 13 points to go with 6 assists and 3 steals in just 20 minutes of play.

For Sacramento, DeMarcus Cousins had another double-double with 16 points and 12 boards (to go with 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks), but he shot a terrible 6-19 from the field, and finished with a game-high 7 turnovers. Dallas alternated both Tyson Chandler and Brendan Haywood on him and both were effective.

Beno Udrih and Donté Greene were more efficient than Cousins, both scoring 16 points. Udrih added 7 assists.

Offense wasn’t really the issue for Sacramento. They shot 49.3% from the field, and got to the line an amazing 34 times, compared to Dallas only having 6 attempts. But poor defense (Dallas shot 55.6%), especially on the perimeter (13-26 from downtown), and a season-high in turnovers (26) doomed them against a much better Dallas team.

Luckily for the Kings, the All-Star break is upon them, allowing for them to regroup and recuperate before they continue their road trip against even tougher opponents in Florida.


Sacramento Kings at Dallas Mavericks: Kings Look to Bounce Back After Blowout Loss to the Thunder

For the second time in a week the Kings look to face the Mavericks, this time on the road. It will be the second weekly rematch for the Kings in as many nights, as they had also played the Thunder at home last week as well.

Sacramento hopes to come out with better energy and a better result against Dallas though. The Kings failed to put up much resistance to Oklahoma City last night and ended up with their biggest loss of the season, by 30 points.

The Kings were without young star Tyreke Evans, who missed the game due to the plantar fasciitis he has been dealing with all year. He is doubtful to play tonight in Dallas and will likely be a game-time decision. If he does play, the Kings have a much better chance.

Rookie DeMarcus Cousins had a nice game back from his unofficial suspension for fighting with teammate Donté Greene, scoring 21 points and grabbing 13 boards. He came off the bench for the first time in a while, and that looks to be the same case tonight, although his good production and Sacramento’s poor start yesterday may see him back in the starting lineup.

Dallas beat Sacramento by two last week thanks to big contributions from the bench, mainly Jose Juan Barea (20 points) and Jason Terry (22). This helped overcome Dirk Nowitzki’s poor night, as he only scored 10 points on 4-14 shooting.

For Sacramento this will be the last game before the NBA All-Star Break. They will play again next Tuesday as they head out East.


Kings at Thunder: Without Tyreke Evans, Kings Suffer Biggest Loss of the Season

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Daequan Cook scored 20 points and pulled down five rebounds off the bench, as the Oklahoma City Thunder dominated the Sacramento Kings, 126-96.

Kevin Durant added 17 points and seven boards for the Thunder, who have won five in a row against the Kings, including three meetings this season. Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic each chipped in 16 points.

“Our energy was unbelievable. I think the best all year,” Durant said. “At the start of the game our defense was on point and our offense was on point. We just clicked on all cylinders tonight. It was a good win for us.”

DeMarcus Cousins returned to the lineup and recorded 21 points and 13 rebounds in a reserve role for the Kings, who have dropped six of seven. Cousins didn’t travel with the team to Phoenix for Sunday’s game and was fined for an altercation with a teammate after a loss to these Thunder on Saturday.

Sacramento was without guard Tyreke Evans due to plantar fasciitis.

The Thunder came out of the gates on fire, scoring the first six points of the game. Beno Udrih made Sacramento’s first field goal with 10:22 left, but Oklahoma City scored the next eight points to grab a 14-2 lead.

The next field goal from the Kings came with 6:35 remaining, but that only cut the gap to 19-6. The Thunder went up by 17, 37-20, on a pair of James Harden free throws with 48.2 seconds to go.

The Kings scored the final four points of the period to cut their deficit to 37-24 after 12 minutes.

Holding a 43-31 lead with 8:47 left in the second, Oklahoma City pulled away with a 13-0 run. Cook made a trio of three-pointers during the stretch, which Eric Maynor capped with a layup for a 56-31 margin with 6:17 remaining.

Sacramento scored the final six points of the first half to get within 18, 68-50. The Thunder shot 53.3 percent from the field over the first 24 minutes, while the Kings made just 37.5 percent of their shots.

Oklahoma City started the second half on a 19-7 spurt to put the game away. It was 100-75 heading to the final stanza.

The Thunder cruised to victory in the fourth.

“They jumped on us right from the start and we could never get back in the game,” Kings head coach Paul Westphal said. “It was a great performance by them; we couldn’t stop them, we couldn’t score. Next thing you know, we are down 20 points and chasing them the whole game. They’re a good team at home and we obviously couldn’t get anything going.”

Game Notes

The Kings, who had won three in a row on the road, were searching for their first four-game road winning streak since the 2004-05 campaign…Cook went 5- of-7 from beyond the arc…Udrih, Jason Thompson and Donte Greene each had 10 points in defeat…Serge Ibaka tallied 15 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder, who shot 50 percent from the field.

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