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American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas  Attendance: 19,801

Struggling Kings, Mavericks in search of positives

According to STATS
According to STATS

Sacramento Kings at Dallas Mavericks

  1. The Kings fell, 111-106, at Minnesota on Sunday in the opener of a three-game road trip. The Timberwolves made half of their 74 field-goal attempts against the Kings, who have allowed their last seven opponents to shoot an average of 49.1 percent from the field, with four of those teams making at least 50 percent of their shots.
  2. Dallas lost, 104-97, at Houston on Sunday to drop to 5-14 (.263) since the start of 2018 -- tied with Sacramento for the third-worst winning percentage during that span.
  3. These teams are meeting for the third time this season and second in 11 days after the Mavericks won, 106-99, at Sacramento on February 3. The Kings won the initial 2017-18 meeting, 93-88, at Dallas on October 20, 2017. Sacramento has won three of four at the American Airlines Center following a 22-game losing streak at the home of the Mavericks.
  4. Kings rookie guard De'Aaron Fox is averaging 14.2 points in his last 19 games compared to 9.4 in his first 29 NBA contests. He scored nine points on 4-of-13 shooting (.308) at Dallas in October, but 15 on 7-of-13 shooting (.538) against the Mavericks earlier this month.
  5. Beginning with a 17-point, nine-rebound effort at Sacramento 11 days ago, Dallas forward Dwight Powell is averaging 16.0 points and 8.8 rebounds over his last five games. He averaged 4.8 points and 5.4 boards in the eight games prior to that span.
  6. Kings center Kosta Koufos has posted a double-double in two straight road games, averaging 14.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in those contests. Koufos has pulled down at least 10 rebounds in a career-high three consecutive road games.

Two teams at the bottom of the Western Conference hook up Tuesday night as the Sacramento Kings visit the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center.

For the Mavericks, their third game this season against Sacramento is their final outing before the All-Star break. Dallas (18-39) has dropped eight of its last 10, but there is a feeling lately within the locker room that things are pointed in the right direction.

The Mavs pushed the Houston Rockets before falling in a close game Sunday despite not having Dirk Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews or J.J. Barea.

"I loved everything about it," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said of the 104-97 loss. "The compete level was excellent. We battled the whole way."

Rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. scored 16 and dished out a season-high 11 assists and didn't back down in going against Chris Paul.

"I loved Smith's game," Carlisle said. "The balance between scoring and playmaking was excellent. It's a lot to ask to come (into Houston) and win the game, but to basically compete the whole way, hang around and make them play the whole game was good. I thought our guys got better."

Small forward Doug McDermott, acquired at the trade deadline, scored eight in his first start for Dallas. Yogi Ferrell had a team-high 20 points. Dwight Powell had 18 points and 12 rebounds.

"I'm definitely proud of our young guys, being able to come here and play against a team with a lot of talent and a lot of great players. I thought we battled," Harrison Barnes said. "It's huge for us, especially at a time where some of our vets weren't able to travel and weren't healthy. I thought our young guys stepped up, they played well, and they got good experience against a team that's going to be contending. You know, unfortunately, the game got away from us a little bit in the second half, but for the most part we did a lot of good things that we can build on."

The Kings (17-38) will head into the break after a Texas two-step that ends Wednesday at Houston. Sacramento is coming off a 111-106 loss at Minnesota on Sunday night.

Rookie point guard De'Aaron Fox led the Kings with 23 points. With George Hill traded and Frank Mason III injured, Fox is the only healthy point guard on the roster.

He doesn't mind the extra work, or the additional responsibility he's been given by coach Dave Joeger.

"A lot of times coach just gives me the freedom," Fox said. "Sometimes I'll look over at the bench and he'll look at me or he won't say anything, he just lets me run the team every once in a while. It's great for me. It's allowed me to grow as a player, grow as a point guard and my teammates are starting to trust me."

The Mavericks and Kings split the first two games this season, each winning on the road. Sacramento has won five of the last seven matchups and three straight in Dallas.

Updated February 13, 2018

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