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Dallas Mavericks Stop 5-Game Losing Streak, Down Sacramento Kings 106-99

Harrison Barnes of the Dallas Mavericks shoots over Justin Jackson of the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center. Publicity Agents photo art by T. Ray Harvey. Feb. 3, 2018.


Dwight Powell had 17 points, nine rebounds, and one steal as the Dallas Mavericks halted a five-game losing streak by beating the Sacramento Kings 106-99 at Golden 1 Center on Saturday.

Harrison Barnes had 18 points and made 4 of 8 3-point shots, Dirk Nowitzki added 15 points, seven rebounds, and one assists, and rookie Dennis Smith Jr. finished with 12 points, five assists, five rebounds, and two steals for the Mavericks (17-36).

“I thought we did a great job of keeping our composure and battling,” Barnes said. “We did a great job of preserving through that doing what we needed to do to win.”

Willie Cauley-Stein had 14 points, eight rebounds, two steal, and one blocked shots and De’Aaron Fox and Garrett Temple had 15 points each for the Kings (16-36), who have lost their last five games at home.

Publicity Agents OpticalVision. Footage by T. Ray Harvey

In a sleeper of a game where both teams shot over 50 percent from the floor most of the game, the contest really didn’t get interesting until late in the third quarter to midway in the fourth quarter.

The Kings had an 85-79 margin after Garrett Temple made a 3-point basket with 40 seconds left in the third frame. With 5 second left in the quarter, Dirk Nowitzki made two free throws that lead to a 16-0 run, completed with a trey by Devin Harris to give the Mavericks a 97-85 lead with 6:52 left to play.

The got no closer than seven points. Sacramento made 43 of 82 shots from the field at 52.4 percent, but missed a bevy of layups that baffled head coach Dave Joerger. The Kings also managed to make 5 of 6 free throws, a season low.

“We could create our own shots, but not at the rim,” Joerger said. “We just didn’t knock some of them down. Tough deal. It’s not enjoyable but we’re trying.”

The Kings have won five of the last seven and six of the last nine regular-season meetings with the Mavericks. The Kings had won the last three regular-season matchups in Sacramento. After the Kings returned from a six-game road trip in 12 days, they had back-to-back games against the Warriors and Mavericks.


Sacramento Kings:

  • De’Aaron Fox has scored in double figures for the fifth game in a row. He had 15 points on Saturday.

  • The six attempts from the free-throw line ties a franchise low. The Kings attempted six free throws vs. Charlotte on Jan. 12, 1997.

Willie Cauley-Stein response when coach Dave Joerger contributed the loss to “mental fatigue.”

“I assume mentally tired. I mean, I think it’s self-explanatory. This many games and nights, you might get tired. That’s just when that extra focus comes in, extra basketball IQ. You’ve got to start outthink people instead of trying to outplay them.”

Dallas Mavericks:

  • J.J. Berea dished out 11 assists for the Mavericks.

Publicity Agents OpticalVision. Footage by T. Ray Harvey

By T. Ray Harvey | PA Public Information Officer and Photographic Artist

Twitter: Tony Ray Harvey @PublicityAgents

T. Ray (Antonio) Harvey is a Public Information Officer and Photographic Artist for Publicity Agents. Harvey is also the author of The HOMICIDAL HANDYMAN OF OAK PARK: MORRIS SOLOMON JR.

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