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    Bagley III outshines Doncic in battle of top rookies as Kings rip Mavs

    Mar 22, 2019
    Marvin Bagley has the last laugh in his first matchup against fellow top rookie Luka Doncic.
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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Marvin Bagley III had 22 points and 12 rebounds in his first game against fellow rookie star Luka Doncic, and the Sacramento Kings beat the Dallas Mavericks 116-100 on Thursday night (Friday, Manila time).

    Buddy Hield scored 11 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, and De'Aaron Fox added 15 points and nine assists for Sacramento. Willie Cauley-Stein had 10 points and 18 rebounds.

    Former Kings forward Justin Jackson scored 19 points in his first start with Dallas. Dwight Powell added 14 points.

    Two nights after blowing a 28-point, second-half lead in a 123-121 loss to Brooklyn, Sacramento built another big advantage against Dallas and held on in the fourth behind Bagley.

    The second overall pick in the NBA draft, Bagley made a three-point play on a spinning layup to open the final period. Bagley later dunked off a short miss by Yogi Ferrell then made a pair of 3-pointers to stretch Sacramento's led to 116-97.

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    It was the first time Bagley and Doncic, the third overall pick, played against each other. Bagley sat out the first game between the teams with a sore left knee.

    Doncic, the front-runner for Rookie of the Year, had an uneven game with 13 points on 4-of-19 shooting. He added 10 rebounds.

    Dallas has lost 15 of 17.

    Both teams were sluggish for most of the first half until Barnes dunked to cap a fast break for Sacramento after Fox made a tremendous play to save the ball from going out of bounds. Fox then stole the ball near the Mavs' 3-point line and drove in for another dunk.

    The Kings led by 15 midway through the third but the Mavericks ended the period with three consecutive 3-pointers and pulled within 84-76.

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    Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki received a standing ovation from the Golden1 Center crowd when he checked in to the game in the first quarter. Nowitzki scored three points in 12 minutes.

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    Kings: Bagley's double-double was his 14th this season. . Harry Giles bruised his left thigh in the first half and did not return. Giles was scoreless in eight minutes. ... Cauley-Stein picked up a technical foul for hanging on the rim after dunking following a 360-degree spin move in the lane. . Hield made seven 3-pointers and needs three more to break the franchise record of 240 set by Peja Stojakovic in 2003-04.

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    Mavericks: Play at Golden State on Saturday.

    Kings: Host Phoenix on Saturday.

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    Marvin Bagley has the last laugh in his first matchup against fellow top rookie Luka Doncic.
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