By Marc Cashion, currently unitiated, but still can be found on Twitter @MarkWithaC03
The Dallas Mavericks (27-21) bounced back from their loss to Houston with a 107-103 win against the Western Conference last place Sacramento Kings(15-31).
The Start: The Mavs played well in the first half of the game as they finished ahead 54-49. The absence of Shawn Marion was felt considerably as Rudy Gay had 18 points scoring at will against a young Jae Crowder. Dirk matched Gay with 18 making 7 of his first 8 shots. The Kings played virtually no defense and looked really out of sync on offense. Monta Ellis was scoreless until 2:02 remaining in the second quarter while Jimmer Fredette had 7.
The Ending: The Kings came out of the half on fire fueling a 17-3 run. Isaiah Thomas played a large role in the run, scoring 13 points in the quarter. The Mavericks were settling for bad jumpers early in the shot clock and came out with little to no energy to begin the second half. Sacramento’s largest lead was 14 in the quarter. The Mavs cut into the lead and went into the fourth down 81-75. After the disastrous third quarter the Mavs locked down on D while attacking the rim on offense, completing the comeback and tying the game at 87 with 7:00 to go. The Mavs defense, as crazy as it sounds, closed the game and the offense produced timely, clutch baskets down the stretch, resulting in the four point victory.
Take Home Points From the Game: The Kings really missed Demarcus Cousins who pounded the Mavs in their first meeting. Only two Kings played well with Isaiah Thomas scoring 19 points and Rudy Gay finishing with 35 points and 12 rebounds. Dirk was fantastic for the second game in a row with 34 points on 11 of 19 shooting. Brandan Wright notched his first double-double of the year with the minimally required 10 points and 10 rebounds. Monta Ellis finished with 20 and 0 turnovers while Jose Calderon added 14 to round out the Mavs leading scorers. With the Grizzlies winning at Minnesota for their 10th win in 11 games, Dirk and the Mavs will need to keep up the pace to maintain a playoff spot. The Mavericks currently lead Memphis by half a game for the 8th and final spot in the tough Western Conference.