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February 16, 2011
In-game blog (Kings at Mavericks)

FINALMavericks 116, Kings 100

DALLAS - This game was over after the Mavericks dominated the last half of the third quarter.

*Eight Mavericks scored in double figures. Jason Kidd led them with 20 points, making six of seven threes. Dirk Nowitizki didn't score in the second half, but didn't need to.

*The Kings committed a season-high 26 turnovers, topping the 25 they had Dec. 23 against Milwaukee. They allowed 38 points off those mistakes, topping the 34 they allowed at Boston Jan. 12.

*The Mavericks made 13 of 26 three pointers. Dallas only attempted six free throws, making three.

*Jermaine Taylor led the Kings with a career-high 17 points. Beno Udrih had 16 points and seven assists. DeMarcus Cousins had 16 points and 12 rebounds.

*The Kings will leave Sacramento next Monday morning for their game the following night at Miami. The team will practice in Miami. Tyreke Evans (plantar fasciitis) is scheduled to see a foot specialist in Los Angeles Monday and then join the team in Miami. DeMarcus Cousins will fly from Los Angeles to Miami Sunday. Both are part of the Rookie-Sophomore game. Evans, the MVP from last season's game, hasn't decided if he'll play. He said he would speak with doctors before deciding.

THIRD QUARTERMavericks 96, Kings 76

DALLAS - The Kings had rallied to tie the game, 70-70 at the 6:24 mark, before the Mavericks crushed them. Dallas has made 12 of 21 three pointers tonight and scored 27 points off 17 Sacramento turnovers.

*Jermaine Taylor has a career-high 17 points but he's not nearly enough tonight. Jason Kidd has 20 points for the Mavs. He's made six of seven threes.

*The Mavericks are shooting 57.7 percent (41 of 71). The Kings aren't shooting poorly at 52.6 percent (30 for 57) but the difference in attempts and three pointers is the difference.

HALFTIMEMavericks 61, Kings 48

DALLAS -- The Kings lost to the Mavericks last week, unable to capitalize on a bad game by Dirk Nowitzki. Well Nowitzki is playing well and Kings aren't able to keep up.

Nowitzki has 13 points to lead the Mavericks, who turned a tie game at halftime in a comfortable lead at halftime.

*Jermaine Taylor has tied his career high with 15 points to lead the Kings. Taylor also has four assists. DeMarcus Cousins has nine points and four rebounds.

*The Mavericks received a big boost from their bench. Dallas has 36 bench points. The Kings have 15 bench points, but their bench is shorter than usual because of injuries. Jose Barea has hurt the Kings with seven points and six assists off the bench.

FIRST QUARTERKings 25, Mavericks 25

DALLAS - Luther Head didn't get a chance to hoist up shots quickly tonight.

Jermaine Taylor started for Tyreke Evans (plantar fasciitis) and scored 12 points to lead all scorers. He joined a revamped starting lineup with Beno Udrih, Omri Casspi, Samuel Dalembert and DeMarcus Cousins.

*The Kings shot 50 percent but the Mavs were better at 57.1 percent. The Mavs struggled with turnovers, committing seven in the quarter.

*Rodrigue Beaubois led the Mavs with six points off the bench.

*Kings coach Paul Westphal started Taylor instead of Pooh Jeter because he wanted Jeter to be able to matchup with Dallas backup Jose Barea. Barea had 15 points in the fourth quarter last week in the Mavs' win over the Kings.

--Jason Jones

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