Sabonis, Fox lead Kings past Mavs for 6th straight win
DALLAS (AP) — Domantas Sabonis had 32 points and 13 rebounds, De’Aaron Fox scored 30 and the Sacramento Kings beat the Dallas Mavericks 129-113 on Sunday night for their sixth consecutive victory.
Keegan Murray added 17 points as all five starters scored in double figures for the Kings, who improved to 3-0 on a six-game road trip, one shy of their longest this season.
Luka Doncic scored 25 for the Mavericks, who faded in the fourth quarter on the second night of a back-to-back and have lost three of four — allowing at least 125 points in all the losses — since an 8-2 start.
Sabonis was 13 of 15 from the field, and Fox hit six of 10 from 3-point range as the Kings shot 53% overall and 43% from beyond the arc. Their season high is 47.6%.
Sabonis recorded a season high in points, and the three-time All-Star has 10 double-doubles in 12 games this season.
“He dominated the paint tonight,” Dallas coach Jason Kidd said. “We double-teamed him. They found him ... and he had his way tonight. We have to be better.”
Fox was coming off a 43-point game in a win at San Antonio and was similarly efficient against the Mavs.
“This is what he’s supposed to do,” coach Mike Brown said. “He’s worked really hard on his 3-point shooting. I’m happy because it’s starting to show a little bit to everybody. He was phenomenal, but that’s who he’s supposed to be.”
Dallas shot 21% in the fourth quarter and missed all nine of its 3s in the quarter a night after a 132-125 loss to Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks in which Kyrie Irving scored 39 and Doncic had 35. It was a second consecutive back-to-back for the Mavs, with two days in between.
Irving scored all 23 of his points in the first three quarters before missing his only two shots in the fourth as the Mavs emptied the bench when down by 21 with 5 1/2 minutes remaining.
“Our effort and energy, there’s no excuse about the schedule,” Kidd said. “It’s about being able to do your job on a nightly basis. We just didn’t do that.”
The Kings trailed for just 91 seconds, surging back in front each time the Mavs took leads late in the first quarter and early in the third.
Harrison Barnes scored 12 points against his former team as did reserve Malik Monk. Chris Duarte scored 13 while making 3 of 4 from long range.
The Kings had a slight edge in offensive rebounds at 14-11, but did much more with their second chances, outscoring Dallas 22-6.
“I thought our offensive rebounding was at a high level,” Brown said. “We preach that a lot.”
Kings: The first of consecutive games at New Orleans finishes a back-to-back Monday. The rematch is Wednesday.
Mavericks: A seven-game stretch with six road games wraps up with games against the Lakers (Wednesday) and Clippers (Friday) in Los Angeles.
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