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December 10, 2012
In-game blog: Kings at Mavericks

FINAL
Mavericks 119, Kings 96

DALLAS - The Kings' three-game winning streak was ended in a blowout loss to the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center.

The Kings committed 20 turnovers (leading to 32 points for Dallas) and allowed the Mavs to shoot 55.2 percent.


The Kings played without Tyreke Evans, who missed his third consecutive game with a sore left knee. Cousins has missed five of the last six games.

DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and six rebounds for the Kings (7-13). Francisco Garcia also had 25 points, making 7 of 12 three pointers. The seven threes were a career-high.

O.J. Mayo led Dallas (11-10) with 19 points. Chris Kaman had 18 points).

The Kings have lost 17 consecutive games in Dallas.


THIRD QUARTER
Mavericks 88, Kings 70

DALLAS - The Kings cut the deficit to 77-66, but got no closer after trailing by 28 in the first half.

Francisco Garcia (20 points) has matched his career high with six made three pointers. DeMarcus Cousins has 23 points and Jason Thompson has 11 points and 12 rebounds.

But that's not early enough to overcome the Mavs, who are shooting 53 percent or Sacramento's own mistakes. The Kings have 15 turnovers and are shooting 44.1 percent.

HALFTIME
Mavericks 65, Kings 43

DALLAS - The Kings went to their second unit and this game got out of hand quickly.

A run that began at the end of the first quarter stretched into a 28-4 run into the second quarter. The Kings shot 4 of 16 with seven turnovers, six committed by reserves.

The starters weren't able to seize momentum back as the Kings fell behind by as many as 28 points in the quarter.

The Kings are shooting 38.5 percent and have 12 turnovers in the game. The Mavs have 19 points off turnovers.

The Mavs are shooting 55.6 percent led by O.J. Mayo and Chris Kaman with 16 points apiece.

DeMarcus Cousins has 13 points to lead the Kings.

FIRST QUARTER
Mavericks 36, Kings 29

DALLAS - After a slow start and falling behind by eight points, the Kings did well to get back in the game. But after taking a brief two-point lead (23-21), the Kings were their own biggest problems.

The Kings have five turnovers that Dallas has converted into nine points. The Mavs haven't turned the ball over yet.

The turnovers helped fuel the Dallas offense. The Mavs shot 52 percent, while making 4 of 8 three pointers.

Aaron Brooks has eight points and three assists for the Kings. O.J. Mayo has 12 points and Chris Kaman has 10 points for Dallas.



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