SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis had 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists to help the Dallas Mavericks roll past the Sacramento Kings 112-96 on Friday.
Jalen Brunson added 23 points and eight assists for the Mavericks, who had lost five of seven. Dwight Powell scored 13 points and made four consecutive dunks as part of a huge run from Dallas in the third quarter.READ MORE: Two-Vehicle Collision Leaves One Trapped, Crews Work To Free Person From Vehicle
Tyrese Haliburton had 17 points and 10 assists for the Kings.
Two days after losing in Sacramento on Chimezie Metu’s corner 3-pointer at the buzzer, Dallas closed the second quarter strong, then dominated in the second half, leading by 27 late in the fourth.
The Mavericks got a big lift from their defense, which held Sacramento to 39 points in the first quarter. The Kings then missed 12 consecutive shots and went 7½ minutes without a basket in the third.
Brunson’s short jumper broke a 67-67 tie and sparked a 24-2 run for Dallas. Powell’s four straight dunks –- two off of alley-oop passes from Brunson and Reggie Bullock –- highlighted the scoring surge.
Midway through the second quarter, Haliburton made a 3-pointer and a jumper above the key and Metu followed with a layup to put the Kings ahead by six. But Brunson, Porzingis and Bullock combined for 35 points in the first half, and helped Dallas close it on a 13-5 run to take a 62-56 lead into the halfREAD MORE: Stolen Car Chase Ends In Fatal Crash In Manteca
Mavericks: Porzingis has scored 20 or more in four consecutive games. … Isaiah Thomas, who was signed to a 10-day hardship contract Wednesday, has entered into the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocol. … Frank Ntilikina was held out because of a left thigh contusion. … Theo Pinson and Marquese Chriss were both signed to second 10-day hardship contracts.
Kings: Davion Mitchell was whistled for a technical foul after scoring in the fourth quarter when he appeared to throw the ball at a referee’s feet. … Neemias Queta returned from the health and safety protocol. … Terence Davis did not play because of left ankle soreness.
Mavericks: At Oklahoma City on Sunday. Dallas has won four of its last five games against the Thunder.MORE NEWS: Homicide In Stockton Park District Saturday Night
Kings: Host the Heat on Sunday.