BEN McLemore shot the lights out from beyond the arc while Willie Cauley-Stein lorded the paint as the young Sacramento Kings pulled away late over the depleted Dallas Mavericks, 98-87, on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) at the Golden 1 Center.
McLemore had a game-high 22 points, including a perfect 5-of-5 from three-point distance, while Cauley-Stein grabbed a career-best 16 rebounds to go with his 12 markers as the Kings recovered from squandering an early 10-point lead to rally past a Mavs side without top guns Dirk Nowitzki, Wes Matthews and Seth Curry.
The Kings cut a 7-point third quarter deficit down to one with a 14-8 run to close the period. And after a tight battle early in the fourth, Sacramento broke out of a tie game with a 15-4 blitz to lead 90-81 with 1:55 remaining. McLemore hit his fifth triple of the game to extend Sacramento’s advantage to 12, 96-84, with 1:01 to play and it was too much to overcome for Dallas’ closing unit made up of undrafted rookies and second rounders.
Buddy Hield also added 16 points on 4-of-7 shooting from deep, while Lance Galloway knocked down two triples to finish with 15 markers for the Kings (31-47), winners of two straight games.
Rookie Nicolas Brussino led Dallas with 13 points, while Harrison Barnes and Dwight Powell each scored 11.