Mavericks Win Ninth Straight, Edge Sacramento 105-103

The Dallas Mavericks put their eight-game winning streak on the line in Sacramento, on the back end of a back-to-back, after topping the Jazz Friday night.

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Kidd's Free Throws Lead Mavs To Ninth Straight Win

(Sports Network) – Jason Kidd made two key free throws with 28.7 seconds remaining and Jason Terry stole the ball at the end of regulation, as the Dallas Mavericks surged past the Sacramento Kings, 105-103, to record their ninth straight victory.

Kidd ended with eight points, five rebounds and five assists for the Mavericks, who haven’t tasted defeat since November 19. Dirk Nowitzki tallied 25 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Terry came off the bench and scored 23 points for Dallas, which improved to 8-1 away from Big D this season. Caron Butler ended with 13 points and five boards for the victors.

Tyreke Evans donated 25 points, eight assists, and five rebounds for the Kings, who have dropped seven in a row. Donte Greene chipped in with 19 points for Sacramento, which got 17 points and 11 boards from DeMarcus Cousins.

A pair of Beno Udrih jumpers gave the Kings a 99-90 lead with 5:25 remaining. Dallas, though, took over from there with an ensuing 15-2 run.

Terry got the burst started with a jumper and two free throws. Nowitzki then made a pair of jumpers around Evans’ jumper to cut the gap to 101-98 with 2:14 to play.

Another Evans missed jumper allowed Tyson Chandler to make 1-of-2 from the foul line. Cousins was off the mark with a layup at the other end, and Jose Juan Barea grabbed the defensive rebound. His long pass to a streaking Terry resulted in a slam and 101-101 game with 1:13 left.

Cousins’ missed hook shot led to a pair of Chandler foul shots. Nowitzki blocked Carl Landry’s jumper at the opposite end of the floor, and Kidd made two free throws with 28.7 ticks remaining for a 105-101 lead.

A slam by Cousins made it a two-point contest. Sacramento still had a chance after Barea missed a pair of foul shots with 11.8 seconds left.

Landry was picked off by Terry as time expired.

Evans’ three-pointer and jumper gave the Kings a 31-20 lead, and the home team held a 37-28 margin after 12 minutes of action.

Trailing by 12, 46-34, with 9:09 left in the half, Dallas put together a 14-4 run. Nowitzki tallied seven points during the flurry, which Shawn Marion capped with a layup to make it a 50-48 contest with four minutes left.

The Kings took a 55-54 edge in the locker room, and a tight third quarter resulted in an 80-80 game.

Game Notes

Dallas has won seven straight against the Kings…Sacramento has dropped 13 of its last 14 games…The Mavericks start a six-game homestand on Tuesday against the Warriors…Chandler had 10 points and seven boards…Udrih ended with 16 points and six assists…Dallas went 24-of-29 from the foul line.

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Mavericks Visit Sacramento On Eight-Game Win Streak

(Sports Network) - The streaking Dallas Mavericks shoot for their ninth consecutive victory tonight when they wrap up a brief, two-game road trip in California's capital against the hapless Sacramento Kings.

Dirk Nowitzki made 12-of-18 shots from the floor en route to 26 points on Friday, as the Mavs used a big second half to take down the Utah Jazz, 93-81, at EnergySolutions Arena.

Nowitzki also pulled down six rebounds for the Mavericks, who are a game behind Southwest Division rival San Antonio for the best record in the NBA. Caron Butler and Jason Kidd added 16 and 15 points, respectively. Kidd also dished out seven assists for Dallas, which improved to 7-1 away from Big D this season.

The Mavericks outscored Utah, 54-38, in the second half.

"I thought we played well," Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle said. "The first half we were a bit sluggish, thought we let their activity get to us a little bit, and the second half we just played with a lot more attitude, but you have to here. So it's a great win for us. We don't have much time to relax, we got to go to Sacramento and play tomorrow."

After tonight's contest, the Mavs, who have beaten Sacramento six straight times, will begin a lengthy six-game homestand.

The Kings, meanwhile, lost their sixth straight contest in Los Angeles last night when the Lakers snapped their worst losing streak in three years with a 113-80 rout of Sacramento.

Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 22 points and Lamar Odom and Paul Gasol both finished with 16 points as Los Angeles halted a four-game slide.

Jason Thompson scored 19 and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Kings, who have dropped 12 of 13 overall. Tyreke Evans added 15 points in the loss and Pooh Jeter scored 11, all in the fourth quarter.

"There is a lot going on right now, and it's frustrating," Evans said. "We have been losing. Nobody in here wants to lose on purpose. We've just got to go out there and find a way. It starts with us."

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