Sacramento vs. Dallas

Christian Petersen / Staff

The Kings beat “the big D” in “Big D” 110-106

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December 09, 2019 - 6:46 pm

By Charlie O. Mallonee @Charlieo1320

For the next 15 seasons or so every time the Kings play the Dallas Mavericks, one of the first things reporters are going mention is the fact Sacramento passed on drafting Luka Doncic and selected Marvin Bagley III instead. The are number of reasons why the Kings made the selection they did, but as long Doncic is playing like an MVP, that decision will be questioned and criticized.

On Sunday night, the Kings did the improbable and beat the Mavs in their house 110-106. The number one story being reported about the game outside Sacramento is that Luka Doncic scored 27 points, grabbed seven rebounds and added eight assists in the contest. This was his 19th consecutive game scoring at least 20 points to go with five rebounds and five assists which is the longest streak since the NBA/ABA merger. The Kings who passed on drafting Doncic in 2018 … oh, never mind.

The Kings (9-13) did win the game

Sacramento led Dallas 92-78 after three quarters. It looked like the Kings just needed to play another solid quarter to leave “Big D” with their first win of the four-game road trip, but this SAC team just can’t make anything easy this year.

The Mavericks game caught fire and they quickly cut into the Kings lead. Dallas (16-7) went on a 10-0 run late in the final quarter to ultimately cut the Sacramento lead to 108-106 with 33.8 seconds to go in the game.

Luka Doncic missed a six-foot turnaround jump shot that Richaun Holmes was able to rebound. Luke Walton called a timeout with 4.4 seconds remaining in the game order to draw up a play and to advance the ball into the frontcourt.

Bogdan Bogdanovic was chosen to inbound the ball. Bogdanovic faked a pass to backcourt where Harrison Barnes appeared to be the target and the Mavs defense collapsed around him. “Bogi” then inbounded the ball to Nemanja Bjelica who was standing all alone in the paint with no defender within 10 feet of him. Bjelica put in an easy dunk that sealed the win for the Kings 110-106.

Leading scorers

  • Tim Hardaway led the Mavs with 29 points. He hit a career-high seven 3-pointers.
  • Nemanja Bjelica tied his career-high scoring 30 points for Sacramento in the win.

The Glass Cleaners

  • Richaun Holmes was the leading rebounder in the game with nine.
  • Dorian Finney-Smith grabbed eight rebounds for Dallas.

Tossing out dimes

  • Luka Doncic was the assists leader in the game with eight.
  • Harrison Barnes led the Kings five assists.

Kings notes

  • Buddy Hield scored 26 points shooting 10-for-15 from the field including hitting 5 of 6 from downtown.
  • The Kings shot 51.8% (44/85) in the game
  • 3-point shooting 13-for-34 (38.2%)
  • Assists 24 / Turnovers 11 which meets the 2:1 ratio standard
  • Marvin Bagley III was not active for the Dallas game

Up next

The Kings wrap up their four-game road on Monday night in Houston with the high-powered Rockets.

The Mavericks next game will be on Thursday in Mexico City versus the Detroit Pistons.

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