February 4, 2018, 12:41 am
The Kings and Mavericks played a back and forth game for 36 minutes before Sacramento’s offense took a nosedive in the fourth period. The Kings scored just 14 points in the final 12 minutes as they fell to Dallas 106-99.
Until Willie Cauley-Stein dunked with 3:10 left in the final period, De’Aaron Fox was the only King who had scored in the quarter. Fox finished the period scoring seven of the team’s points to close out the game.
The Kings not only lacked an offensive rhythm for the fourth quarter but also forced a handful of shots as the Mavericks’ lead became too great to overcome.
Having a breakdown quarter has been something that’s plagued the Kings all season and after dropping 31 points in the third, the Kings shot just 5-of-22 from the field in the fourth quarter.
At the half the Kings bench had done a solid job of putting up points as they had 33 points at the break, but when the dust had settled and the final whistle had blown, the Kings’ reserves finished with just 45 points.
Garrett Temple and Buddy Hield each had 10 minutes at the break but the two shot just 3-of-10 in the second half and finished with 15 and 13, respectively.
Sacramento also shot just six free throws on the night (and knocked down five of them) as they were outshot from the line 14-to-6. The Mavericks also had 48 points in the paint compared to the Kings’ 44 and outrebounded Sacramento 37-to-31.
The real issue for the Kings was the beginning of the fourth quarter when the Mavericks went on a 13-0 run (18-0 including a 5-0 Mavericks run to close the third) and turnovers played a part in the deficit getting out of hand.
The Kings were coming into the game after a tough loss against the Warriors and as the game progressed, the exhaustion was pretty obvious as the team wore down down the stretch.
Coach Dave Joerger stated in the post-game press conference that the Kings would have Sunday off before facing the Bulls Monday.
- The Kings shot 8-of-27 from beyond the arc (29.6 percent) while the Mavericks made more (13 3-pointers) but didn’t shoot much better as they made just 31.7 percent of their attempts.
- Justin Jackson, who has been playing with more confidence as of late, got the start for the Kings but finished the game with just four points and five rebounds in 24 minutes.
- The Kings started the fourth quarter missing their first nine shots before Fox knocked down a bucket.
- Sacramento and Dallas remained similar in most stats on the night, including turnovers (SAC 16, DAL 15) and field goal percentage (SAC 52.4 percent, DAL 49.4)
- A four-point lead heading into the fourth quarter wasn’t enough as the Mavericks outscored the Kings by 11 in the final period.