Mavericks use big run in fourth quarter to rally past Kings
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 04, 2018 01:38 PM
Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr., right, drives against Sacramento Kings forward Justin Jackson during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
By Michael Wagaman, Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Yogi Ferrell made consecutive three-pointers to spark a big run at the start of the fourth quarter and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Sacramento Kings 106-99 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) to snap a five-game losing streak.
Dirk Nowitzki had 15 points and seven rebounds while inching closer to another milestone in his illustrious NBA career. Harrison Barnes scored 18 points and Dwight Powell added 17 points and nine rebounds to help Dallas win in Sacramento for the first time in nearly three years.
The Mavericks trailed by as much as 10 in the second half and were down 85-81 heading into the fourth before opening the final period on a 16-0 run. Devin Harris followed Ferrell's back-to-back triples with a pair of layups, including one off a midcourt steal. After Nowitzki connected from deep, Harris made a three-pointer to put Dallas up 97-85.
Sacramento closed to 100-94 on a free throw by De'Aaron Fox with 2:45 remaining but Barnes made a driving one-handed dunk and a more traditional two-handed jam to help the Mavericks hold on.
Dallas won for the second time in 10 games.
Nowitzki played 26 minutes and needs six more to become sixth player in NBA history to reach 50,000 for his career, joining a list that includes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kevin Garnett, Jason Kidd and Elvin Hayes.
Fox and Temple had 15 points apiece for Sacramento. The Kings had not lost at home to the Mavericks since Feb. 5, 2015.
Barnes and Nowitzki combined for the Mavericks' first 17 points of the game while making five three-pointers, all of them uncontested.
Dallas got a lift from Powell early in the second and Barnes added a fourth triple, but Buddy Hield hit a 13-foot runner to beat the shot clock buzzer with 6.9 seconds left and pull the Kings within 56-54 at halftime.
Mavericks: Barnes' first 12 points came on three-pointers. ... Powell had three dunks in the third quarter, including on back-to-back possessions. ... JJ Barea scored five points on 2-of-12 shooting and played 24 minutes in his return after missing the previous three games with a left oblique strain.
Kings: Sacramento missed its first 10 shots in the fourth quarter. ... Kosta Koufos started the third quarter in place of Randolph. Koufous finished with eight points and seven rebounds. ... Jason Williams, who was a wildly popular player in Sacramento from 1998-2001, sat courtside next to owner Vivek Ranadive.
Mavericks: Play at the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time).
Kings: Host the Chicago Bulls on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).