February 13, 2018, 1:29 pm
With just two games remaining before the All-Star break, the Kings look to close the first portion of the season on a winning note.
The last time Sacramento faced the Mavericks, an all-out collapse in the fourth quarter cost them what could have been a win. After leading 85-84 heading into the final period, the Kings watched the Mavericks reel off 13 straight points to take a 97-85 lead.
The Kings didn’t make their first bucket in the fourth until a De’Aaron Fox jumper ended the drought with 6:08 left to play in regulation. Fox finished the game with 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting.
Heading to Dallas, Sacramento is once again on the heels of a blowout fourth quarter. The Kings led the Timberwolves on Sunday 80-75 after three quarters, but gave up 36 points to Minnesota as they ended up dropping their second-straight game.
The Kings played right alongside the talented Timberwolves team for almost the entire game, but ultimately 19 turnovers and a lack of defensive ability caught up to Sacramento as they fell to 17-38 on the season.
Fox, once again, was the team’s leading scorer and had 23 points on the night. Buddy Hield added 16 points off the bench in only 19 minutes for the Kings
For the 18-39 Mavericks, they come into the game having lost three of their last four. Dallas’ defense has been one of their weak points all season and during their recent stretch of contests, they’ve allowed 113 points per game to their opponents. The Mavericks last held a team to under 100 points when they faced the Kings earlier this month. On the season, they’re allowing 104.3 points per matchup.
The Kings are still one of the worst defensive teams in the league in their own right and give up 106.8 points per game to their opponents.
While last game the story was the battle of rookies Dennis Smith Jr. and Fox, it was Yogi Ferrell who put his stamp on the game as he knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to start the fourth quarter rally for Dallas. Ferrell finished with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting in that victory. Smith Jr finished the game with 12 points on 4-of-15 shooting but also dropped five rebounds and five assists.
Harrison Barnes led all scorers in the game with 18 points the last time the teams met. The Kings will need to limit their opponent’s big quarters if they hope to pull out a victory in the first game of a back-to-back in Texas.
PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – Bogdan Bogdanovic
SF – Justin Jackson
PF – Zach Randolph
C – Willie Cauley-Stein
Garrett Temple (mouth) – PROBABLE
Iman Shumpert (foot) – OUT
Harry Giles (knees) – OUT
Skal Labissiere (shoulder) – OUT
Frank Mason (heel) – OUT
HOW TO WATCH
When: 5:30 p.m. PST (8:30 p.m. ET)
Where: NBCS California