Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Shawn Marion scored a team-high 25 points
and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 117-108 win over
the Sacramento Kings on Friday.
Brandan Wright and Darren Collison added 20 and 18 points off the bench,
respectively, and Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 for the Mavericks, who moved within
2 1/2 games of the Los Angeles Lakers for the final spot in the Western
Conference playoffs. The Lakers are currently facing the Memphis Grizzlies.
Isaiah Thomas poured in a game-high 29 points and Tyreke Evans added 26
points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Kings, who got 16 points and 16
rebounds from Jason Thompson.
Sacramento jumped out to a 27-18 lead after the first quarter, but Dallas
outscored the Kings 41-26 in the second to take a 59-53 lead at the break.
A Patrick Patterson triple with 8 1/2 minutes left gave the Kings a 41-31
lead, but the Mavs used a 16-6 run to tie the game at 47-47.
Thomas' 3-point play gave the Kings a 50-47 edge with just over 3 1/2 minutes
left in the first half, but Dallas closed the half on a 12-3 surge to hold a
The Mavericks' spread grew as large as 15 in the third and Dallas went into
the final frame with a 92-81 cushion.
Sacramento opened the fourth quarter with a 9-2 swing to make it 94-90, but
Dallas scored nine straight to take a 103-90 lead.
A Toney Douglas triple with 6 1/2 minutes left pulled the Kings within 103-95,
but after that Sacramento couldn't get closer than nine the rest of the way.
Dallas had lost two straight entering the contest ... The Mavs will visit the
Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday ... Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was removed
from the starting lineup because of disciplinary actions. He scored six points
in just over nine minutes.
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