Game 60 Recap: Mavs vs Kings

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On Monday, the Dallas Mavericks played the Sacramento Kings as they finish the month of April on a three game road trip. The Mavericks are coming off a five game home stand, where they finished 3-2 while grabbing the crucial sixth seed in the western conference standings. The Mavericks are looking to finish the month of April the way they started it, by winning.

On Saturday, the Dallas Mavericks played the Los Angeles Lakers in the second game of this “mini” two game series. The Mavericks started this game awfully slow and out of rhythm as the Lakers were able to grab a 58-46 halftime lead. The Mavericks would flip the switch in the second half as they were able to erase the Lakers’ 17-point lead to come all the way and claim a 108-93 victory. Luka Doncic finished the game with 18 points and 13 assists. The Mavericks were without their co-star, Kristaps Porzingis, but that wasn’t a problem as they were able to get production from Dwight Powell as he posted 25 points (12 of those came in the fourth quarter) and 9 rebounds. With the win, the Mavericks record improved to 33-26 on the season, as they now won three straight games and finished their five game home stand with a record of 3-2. The Mavericks also got help from the Memphis Grizzlies as they defeated the Portland Trail Blazers to help the Mavericks gain some separation in the race for the sixth seed in the western conference standings. Before this game started, the Mavericks were 1.5 games ahead from the seventh seed and 1.5 games behind the fifth seed in the western conference standings. The Mavericks also claimed the season series against the Los Angeles Lakers, that will give the Mavericks the “tiebreaker” incase these two teams end up with the same record at the end of the season. The NBA awarded the “Player of the Week” before this game and it was awarded to Luka Doncic for games played from 4/19/21 through 4/25/21 and he averaged 26 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds during that timeframe. This is Luka Doncic’s third time winning “Player of the Week” this season. Doncic joins Dirk Nowitzki (16x), Michael Finley (3x) and Jason Kidd (3x) as the only Mavericks in franchise history to win the award at least 3x in a career.

The Sacramento Kings are coming into this game by going 2-8 in their last 10 games. They are recently coming off a close 117-113 loss against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday to see their record drop to 24-36 on the season. The Kings were coming into this season with hopes of trying to make playoffs but as the season settled in, they would turn their attention to another path, as in trying to secure a good draft pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. The Kings are currently 12th in the western conference standings. This team is led by De’Aaron Fox as they look to try to figure out a way to sneak in the “Play-In Tournament” If their current trend continues, they would find themselves eliminated from “playoff contention” soon if they can’t find a way to stack up some wins. The Kings are still within range of the final “Play-In Tournament” seed as they are currently 6.5 games behind but they are in danger of being eliminated from “playoff contention” with the season winding down.

Coming into this game, the Mavericks lost their last meeting with the Kings 121-107 on April 18th, 2021. The Kings can claim the season series with a win in this matchup. The Mavericks previously won their regular season series last season 3-1 against the Kings. Overall, the Mavericks hold the all-time series with a record of 96-74.

The Mavericks started this game by having Kristaps Porzingis (left ankle sprain), JJ Redick (right heel soreness), Josh Richardson (right hamstring tightness) and Tyrell Terry (personal reasons) all miss this matchup. As a result, the Mavericks went with Doncic, Hardaway Jr, Kleber, Finney-Smith and Powell as their starting five in this game. The first points in the game would belong to Richaun Holmes as he nailed a “hook-shot” for the Kings to get this game underway. The Mavericks wouldn’t get their first points until the 10:50 mark as Dorian Finney-Smith drilled a jump shot to tie the game at 2-2. The Kings would jump out to a 10-2 lead that forced Rick Carlisle to call a timeout with 9:22 left in the quarter. Prior to this timeout, the Kings got off to a “hot” start as they were able to make four of their first five attempts while the Mavericks were ice cold as they only made one of their first four attempts taken thus far. The Kings were able to generate a 8-2 run to grab control of the lead and the game thus far. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Tim Hardaway Jr but couldn’t convert as he missed a jump shot that kept the score at 10-2 with 9:03 left in the quarter. The Kings were just flat out dominating as every shot they took on offense was going on as Harrison Barnes drilled a three pointer to extend their lead to 15-2 with 7:59 left in the quarter. The Kings were looking like they were playing this game on “rookie mode” just like the “Pro-Mode” on NBA 2K, as they were absolutely on fire to begin the game. On the other hand, the Mavericks offense looked like it stayed in Dallas or was on the wrong plane as it didn’t exist in the quarter thus far. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout with 6:10 left in the quarter after the Kings extended their lead to 20-3. I seriously want to know, who made these Kings made because apparently whatever what was said to them, they wanted to prove them wrong. Prior to this timeout, the Kings were able to generate a 5-1 run to gather a huge lead in the game thus far. The Mavericks, still, only made one shot out of ten attempts taken while the Kings made eight of their first eleven attempts taken thus far. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Tim Hardaway Jr but couldn’t convert as he missed a jump shot that kept the score at 20-3 with 5:50 left in the quarter. This game might be over at halftime, as that’s how good the Kings were playing in the game thus far. In the final minutes of the quarter, the Kings were able to maintain control of the lead and take a 31-17 lead into the second quarter. The game leading scorer after one quarter of play would belong to Harrison Barnes as he scored 9 points for the Kings. The Mavericks were led by Dorian Finney-Smith, Tim Hardaway Jr and Jalen Brunson as they all scored 4 points. The Kings were playing like someone lit a match as they probably got off to the best start in a game, all season, while the Mavericks offense was still at the hotel or somewhere. At the end of the first quarter, the Mavericks were shooting 38.1% on 8-of-21 shooting from the field. Thank goodness the Mavericks “sneaked” in a three game winning streak before this disastrous of a performance (thus far).

The second quarter would begin by having Luka Doncic nail two free-throws for the Mavericks to get this quarter underway. The Kings wouldn’t get their first points in the quarter until the 11:27 mark as Terence Davis nailed a two pointer to extend their lead to 33-19. The Mavericks were able to trim their deficit to eleven points after Luka Doncic drilled a “step-back” three pointer to come within 35-24 with 10:00 minutes left in the quarter. The Mavericks would need some big time performance out of their offense before the Kings decide to runaway with it. The Kings were able to extend their lead back to sixteen points after Terence Davis knocked down a three pointer to extend their lead to 40-24 with 9:20 left in the quarter. The Kings would call a timeout with 8:32 left in the quarter after their lead was trimmed down to 40-29. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks opened the quarter by making four of their first six attempts while the Kings opened the quarter by making four of their first eight attempts taken thus far. The Mavericks were able to generate a quick 5-3 run to generate some type of momentum to get themselves back in the game. Coming out of the timeout, the Kings turned to Harrison Barnes as he was able to convert on a jump shot to extend their lead to 42-29 with 8:24 left in the quarter. This was a 100x better start for the Mavericks to open the quarter than how they did it in the first quarter as they were able to knock down some shots on offense. The Mavericks were able to finally trim their lead to single digits as Boban Marjanovic knocked down a “put-back” shot to come within 42-33 of the Kings with 6:58 left in the quarter. If only the Mavericks played like this in the first quarter than we probably wouldn’t be talking about this huge lead the Kings had built. The Mavericks offense started to catch on fire as they were able to trim their deficit to six points after Trey Burks knocked down a three pointer to come within 44-38 of the Kings with 6:14 left in the quarter. The Mavericks were getting closer to the Kings as they were able to trim their deficit to just three points after Luka Doncic knocked down a three pointer to come within 50-47 of the Kings with 3:57 left in the quarter. In the final minutes of the quarter, the Kings were able to maintain control of the lead and take a 59-52 lead into halftime. The game leading scorer after two quarters of play would belong to Trey Burke as he scored 15 points for the Mavericks. The Kings were led by Harrison Barnes as he scored 13 points. The Mavericks offense was revived in this quarter after looking completely lifeless in the first as they were able to get some shots to go down. At the end of the first half, the Mavericks were shooting 47.7% on 21-of-44 shooting from the field. The Mavericks desperately needed that type of performance in the quarter, otherwise the game was looking like it would reach “blowout territory”. After being down by 18 points, the Mavericks were able to out-score the Kings 35-28 in the quarter to come within seven points of the Kings. If the Mavericks were able to comeback and win this game, it would mark the largest comeback victory this season.

Coming out of the half, the Mavericks were able to get on the board first in the third quarter by having Tim Hardaway Jr nail a three pointer to come within 59-55 of the Kings. Harrison Barnes was able to score the first points in the quarter for the Kings as he nailed two free-throws with 11:34 left in the quarter to extend their lead to 61-55. The Mavericks, once again, trimmed their deficit to three points after Luka Doncic knocked down a three pointer to come within 61-58 of the Kings with 11:09 left in the quarter. THE MAVERICKS WERE ABLE TO GRAB THEIR FIRST LEAD IN THE GAME after Dwight Powell nailed a layup to take a 63-61 lead with 9:50 left in the quarter. The Mavericks were able to completely erase the Kings’ 18-point lead and take a lead of their own. The Kings would call a timeout with 9:22 left in the quarter after the Mavericks were able to take a 65-63 lead. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks offense picked up where they left off as they made five of their first six attempts while the Kings had trouble finding their crown as they only made one of their first three attempts to open the quarter. The Mavericks were able to generate a 13-4 run to grab control of the lead. Coming out of the timeout, the Kings turned to Richaun Holmes as he was able to convert on a alley-oop attempt to tie the game at 65-65 with 9:08 left in the quarter. The Kings were able to take a 69-65 lead after Richaun Holmes knocked down two free-throws with 7:53 left in the quarter. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout with 7:26 left in the quarter after the Kings built a 71-65 lead. Prior to this timeout, the Kings were able to generate a 8-0 run to grab the lead right back from the Mavericks. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Dorian Finney-Smith as he was able to snap the Kings’ scoring run by knocking down a three pointer to come within 71-68 of the Kings with 7:09 left in the quarter. The Kings were able to, again, extend their lead to 0 points after Damian Jones knocked down two free-throws to extend their lead to 77-70 with 5:16 left in the quarter. It seemed like the Mavericks couldn’t knock “that shot” that would flip the momentum to the Mavericks as they were taking good quality shots but they weren’t falling down. A VICIOUS SLAM DUNK BY WILLIE CAULEY-STEIN WOULD TAKE PLACE AS HE CAUGHT A BODY WHILE BEING FOULED as he was able to trim the deficit to six points, but he would miss the “AND-ONE” free-throw that kept the score at 84-78 with 2:59 left in the quarter. In the final minutes of the quarter, the Kings were able to maintain control of the lead and take a 87-85 lead into the fourth quarter. The game leading scorer after three quarters of play would belong to Luka Doncic and Harrison Barnes as they both scored 19 points for their respective teams. Despite the Mavericks good start to begin the quarter, the Kings were able to match that by having good quality possessions of their own. Through three quarters of play, the Mavericks were shooting 48.6% on 34-of-70 shooting from the field. The game would be right there for the Mavericks in the final 12:00 minutes of the game, it would be up to their effort to determine how bad they wanted it.

The fourth quarter would begin by having Josh Green nail a slam dunk for the Mavericks to get this quarter underway. The Kings weren’t able to get their first points in the quarter until the 11:17 mark by having Kyle Guy nail a driving layup to grab a 89-87 lead. This quarter would feature a lot of fireworks in the first couple minutes of the game as both teams were able to get good quality shots to go down while bouncing back-and-forth having time with the lead. The game would find its way to be tied after Trey Burke nailed a jump shot to tie the game at 94-94 with 9:59 left in the game. The Kings would grab control of the lead after Delon Wright knocked down a jump shot to take a 96-94 lead with 8:44 left in the game. The Kings would call a timeout with 6:53 left in the game after their lead shrunk to one point at 98-97. Prior to this timeout, the Mavericks opened the quarter by making three of their first seven attempts while the Kings made five of their first ten attempts taken thus far. The Mavericks were able to generate a mini 3-2 run to keep themselves in this game. Coming out of the timeout, the Kings turned to Richaun Holmes as he was able to convert on a “tip-in” shot on a offensive rebound to extend their lead to 100-97 with 6:01 left in the game. The Kings were able to extend their lead to 0 points after Maurice Harkless knocked down two free-throws to take a 102-97 with 5:00 minutes left in the game. This game looked like it would come down to the final minutes as nobody wanted to runaway with it and seal the victory. The Mavericks would trim their deficit to 0 points after Willie Cauley-Stein missed two crucial free-throws that kept the score at 104-99 with 3:50 left in the game. Rick Carlisle would call a timeout with 2:26 left in the game after Buddy Hield knocked down a huge three pointer for the Kings that extended their lead to 109-101. Prior to this timeout, the Kings were able to generate a 7-2 run to maintain control of the game. The Mavericks would need their offense to come in huge in the final minutes of the game if they wanted to leave the arena with a win. Coming out of the timeout, the Mavericks turned to Dorian Finney-Smith but couldn’t convert as he missed a three pointer that kept the score at 109-101 with 2:17 left in the game. The Mavericks were able to trim their deficit to five points after Tim Hardaway Jr knocked down a fast-break layup to come with 109-104 with 1:43 left in the game. The Kings would call a timeout with 1:20 left in the game as they were holding a 109-104 lead. The Mavericks desperately needed to come up with some huge stops while transitioning it to points on the other end to steal a win in this game. Coming out of the timeout, the Kings turned to Richaun Holmes but couldn’t convert as he missed a jump shot that kept the score at 109-104 with 1:13 left in the game. The Officials would go to the monitor to review a “out-of-bounds” call with 1:12 left that would determine who would get this huge possession in the game. After the review, the Officials would stick with their original call and give possession to the Mavericks. On the following possession, the Mavericks turned to Tim Hardaway Jr but couldn’t convert as he missed a HUGE three pointer that kept the score at 109-104 with 1:05 left in the game. The clutch genes were simply not in the Mavericks’ DNA in this game as Luka Doncic missed a huge three pointer that would’ve trimmed their deficit to two points but instead the score was kept at 109-104 with 32.2 seconds left in the game. The Mavericks were forced to play the “foul-game” that sent Richaun Holmes to the free-throw line, where he would convert on two free-throws to extend their lead to 111-104 with 29.9 seconds left in the game.

This team looked like they were going to get blown out by the Kings as they were able to grab a 18-point lead but the Mavericks offense was revived as they were able to comeback and come within 59-52 of the Kings at halftime. The Mavericks still needed more production from their offense if they wanted to find themselves victorious in this one as the Kings weren’t going to allow this game be taken away from them easy. This was a important game for the Mavericks as they needed to win this one to keep up with the pace in the western conference standings.

In the end, it was the Sacramento Kings defeating the Dallas Mavericks 113-106 to clinch the season series. The Mavericks record would drop to 33-27 on the season as their winning streak was snapped. Luka Doncic finished the game with 24 points 8 assists and 7 rebounds in the close loss. The Kings were led by Richaun Holmes as he finished with 24 points and 6 rebounds. The Mavericks would get production from Tim Hardaway Jr and Trey Burke as they each finish with 19 points but wasn’t enough for the win. The Mavericks would begin this three game road trip 0-1.

The Mavericks will continue to be on the road as they will play the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday in another back-to-back.

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