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Sacramento Kings topple Dallas Mavericks to end nine-game skid

Apr 18, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Sacramento Kings forward Chimezie Metu (25) defends against Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) during the second quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 18, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Sacramento Kings forward Chimezie Metu (25) defends against Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) during the second quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

De’Aaron Fox poured in a team-high 30 points Sunday and the Sacramento Kings were never threatened after scoring the game’s first eight points while earning a 121-107 victory over the host Dallas Mavericks to end a nine-game losing streak.

Fox had a double-double with a game-high 12 assists, as did Hassan Whiteside with 12 points and a team-high 10 rebounds as the Kings won for the first time since March 29 at San Antonio.

Luka Doncic had a game-high 37 points for the Mavericks in the loss.

After trailing by 17 at halftime and fighting an uphill battle through the second half, the Mavericks closed within 113-107 on a Doncic free throw with 1:51 to play.

But Doncic missed the second foul shot and Fox countered with a 17-footer at the other end, giving the Kings the breathing room they needed to send Dallas to its fourth loss in the last five games.

Fox hit 12 of his 21 shots from the field en route to his 17th 30-point outing of the season. The double-double was his 11th of the year.

Pressed into just his second start of the season with Marvin Bagley III and Richaun Holmes injured, Whiteside recorded his 10th double-figure scoring night of the season and his fourth double-double.

Harrison Barnes added 24 points, Terence Davis had 23 and Delon Wright added 13 for the Kings, who out-shot the Mavericks 49.4 percent to 44.8 percent.

Doncic shot 14 of 27 from the field while making four 3-pointers and helping the Mavericks outscore the Kings 48-33 from beyond the arc.

Dorian Finney-Smith had 22 points and Jalen Brunson added 20 for the Mavericks, who have opened a five-game homestand with consecutive defeats, including 117-109 loss to New York on Friday.

Kristaps Porzingis just missed a double-double with nine points and a team-high 11 rebounds for Dallas, which gets a shot at revenge next Monday at Sacramento.

The teams, who had not met before Sunday, are scheduled to play each other for a third time on May 2 at Dallas.

–Field Level Media