Game 35: Mavs vs. Kings

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Deron Williams hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer in the second overtime, and the Dallas Mavericks beat Sacramento 117-116

DALLAS – The night was supposed to be about the return of four-time All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo to American Airlines Center for the first time since parting ways with the Dallas Mavericks and signing with the Sacramento Kings this offseason.

The night ended with a double-overtime classic, culminating in three-time All-Star Deron Williams’ three-pointer as time expired to lift the Mavericks (20-15) to a 117-116 win.

Looking to rebound after Friday’s 106-82 loss in Miami and Saturday’s 105-98 defeat at home against New Orleans, the Mavericks returned to their home floor and attempted to get the better of the Kings (14-21) in the second showdown of the season between the two squads. The Mavs also sought retribution for a previous loss this season to the Kings, hoping to avenge a 112-98 road defeat back on Nov. 30.

The Mavs then saw Rondo’s return to Dallas ruined by lower back spasms that kept him out of the lineup. Meanwhile, Williams played through left hamstring tightness and slid back into the starting lineup after coming off the bench for two games. And while leading the Mavericks back from down seven during the final 1:20 of the second overtime, The Colony native stepped up when his hometown team needed him most.

“You know, I think that’s what it’s about as a point guard, having the ball in your hands late and being about to make a decision. Whether it be take the shot or get somebody else involved,” Williams said after playing the role of hero in the win.

He added: “I definitely dreamed about playing for the Mavericks when I was growing up. It’s definitely a dream come true right now.”

With Williams looking to get the Mavs out of the gate quickly, the Dallas team welcomed a Sacramento squad that was on a back-to-back following a 116-104 win Monday in Oklahoma City. The Mavericks would get off to another sluggish start, though, committing four quick turnovers as the Kings opened the game on a 7-2 spurt.

However, the Mavs would settle down, leaning on swingman Wesley Matthews to take a 27-24 edge into the second period.

Handing the game over to the reserves in the second stanza, the Mavericks tried to further separate themselves on the scoreboard. Backup center JaVale McGee did his part, giving the Mavs a boost inside at both ends of the floor.

“That’s what I’m here for,” McGee said. “I’m here to bring energy, to dunk the ball, get everybody into it, block some shots and be a defensive presence. And I felt like tonight I got to do that.”

Starting big man Zaza Pachulia took matters from there, matching up against Kings center DeMarcus Cousins in the interior. And with 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki catching fire, the Mavericks led by as many as eight before taking a 49-43 edge into the halftime intermission.

Led by Nowitzki’s 10 first-half points on 3 of 7 from the field to battle Cousins’ 12 points at the other end, the Mavs held the slight advantage through two quarters while outshooting the Kings, 43.2 percent to 42.5 percent. The Mavericks also held a 29-18 rebounding advantage thanks to Pachulia’s nine boards in the half.

Opening up the second half with a pair of three-pointers by small forward Chandler Parsons and Williams, the Mavs quickly opened up a double-digit lead early in the third quarter. Matthews lent some assistance shortly after that, snaking his way through the lane for a score before swishing a three to put the Mavericks up 64-54 with 7:27 left in the period.

But it would be a pair of thunderous alley-oop connections from sixth man Devin Harris and backup point guard J.J. Barea to McGee that would highlight the quarter, taking the Mavs into the fourth with a 78-70 lead.

Seeing the Kings surge back to within two early in the final period, the Mavericks gladly welcomed Barea’s timely trey to keep the visiting team at bay. Still, the Kings continued to creep closer, cutting their deficit to just one at 83-82 midway through the quarter as Cousins had his way inside.

Forward Rudy Gay tried to will the visitors in front as well, tying the score with a move in the paint before Cousins gave the Kings an 86-84 edge to force a Dallas timeout with 3:46 remaining. But the two teams would continue to exchange haymakers from there, finding themselves in a back-and-forth affair as Nowitzki reemerged in the scoring.

Up 91-90, the Mavs then forced a defensive stop after Pachulia drew an offensive foul on Cousins with 1:29 on the clock. Nowitzki collected a defensive rebound the next Kings possession, tossing a long outlet to a streaking Matthews for a three-point play over Seth Curry to put the Mavericks up four with 48.2 seconds left to hang on. But the Mavs weren’t out of the woods safely following Kings sharpshooter Marco Belinelli’s three-point bomb to trim the lead to one with 45.9 ticks still remaining.

Nowitzki had a response of his own, though, connecting on a vintage fallaway jumper with 24.1 seconds left. Belinelli missed a game-tying attempt the next time down the floor, but the possession remained with the Kings as 20.7 seconds appeared on the clock. Belinelli didn’t miss the next opportunity, however, tying the score with a corner three to give the Mavs just 13.5 seconds left to win the game in regulation.

Williams then worked the two-man game to perfection with Nowitzki, driving in for a tough score in traffic with 2.1 seconds still remaining. But after a Sacramento timeout, Cousins followed suit with a driving score around Pachulia as time expired, sending the game into overtime.

“You know, we had the game won in regulation, we felt like, and really guarded them bad on three straight possessions. We gave up two threes and a layup, and had to go into OT,” Nowitzki admitted.

After swishing two free throws to start the scoring in the extra period, former Mav Darren Collison extended the Kings’ lead to four with a midrange jumper. Williams intervened with a driving score, cutting the Mavericks’ deficit in half as the team played without Parsons due to a right hip injury.

The Kings pushed their lead back to four on Gay’s midrange jumper shortly after that. But a score inside by Pachulia would inch the Mavs back within striking distance, leading to Nowitzki’s jumper to tie the score again with 30.7 seconds left in the first overtime. Pachulia did the rest on the defensive end, stealing the ball away from Cousins to give the Mavs a chance to win the game with 9.5 ticks available.

The Mavericks went back to the two-man game again, but Nowitzki would draw all iron on a three attempt from the top of the key over Cousins, sending the ball back to the Kings with 1.5 seconds left. And after Curry’s miss at the buzzer, the two teams slid into a second overtime period.

Seeing veteran guard Raymond Felton exchange threes with Cousins during the second overtime, the Mavericks would then slide into a 113-109 hole after Cousins’ score in traffic with 2:35 on the clock. The Dallas offense grew stagnant at the other end, leading to Gay’s three-pointer to put the Kings up 116-109 with 1:20 remaining.

“When you’re down seven with 1:20 to go, you have to pitch a perfect game,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle later explained. “The odds are one-in-100 that you can actually do it, but you’ve got to have belief. You have to keep going, keep fighting and keep competing. That’s what the guys kept doing. It was a wacky game with a lot of swings back and forth. It’s one of those nights where you just expected the unexpected.”

The Mavericks continued to fight, however, pulling to within five on a score by Williams before Nowitzki’s step-back three. And after a defensive stop ended with a 24-second shot clock violation on the Kings, the Mavs had another opportunity to tie the game while inbounding the ball with 2.3 seconds left.

“We just kept getting stops,” Nowitzki later said. “Everything didn’t really go great there in the second OT, but D-Will just made a heck of a shot.”

With Harris inbounding, the ball then went to Williams, who pump faked to get Gay in the air. He then proceeded to cap the scoring for the night, swishing a three-pointer as time expired to send the Mavericks off the court with the hard-fought win.

“You know, we just had to keep fighting and keep plugging away. You know, we knew if we were able to get a couple of stops and hit a couple of shots, which we did, we could be right there,” Williams explained after hitting the shot.

“It felt pretty good,” he added. “I think I was just lucky to get it off. Rudy came flying at me, and I had to dribble and get the shot off in 1.5 seconds. But it did feel good.”

Scoring 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting and 3 of 6 from three, Williams led the Mavericks to the victory. Nowitzki pitched in 23 points on 8 of 19 from the field, grabbing five rebounds to boot. Matthews scored 20 points in the first unit, and McGee registered season highs with 13 points and 11 boards. Meanwhile, Parsons scored 10 points before exiting with the hip injury.

Cousins led five Kings in double figures with 35 points on 15 of 30 from the field, grabbing 17 rebounds to overshadow 10 turnovers. Gay added 31 points on 13-of-20 shooting. The Kings outshot the Mavericks for the game as well, 47.5 percent to 45.9 percent, but they couldn’t overcome Dallas’ 55-49 rebounding edge and 16 points off 20 Sacramento turnovers.

“I mean, we had those two that we just let get away, so this was huge,” Williams concluded. “We didn’t want to go into a three-game road trip with a loss on our hands. It was ugly, it was not how we would draw it up, but it’s a win. And it was very important for our morale and this team.”

Note: The Mavericks will now conclude a back-to-back Wednesday night in New Orleans, wrapping up the season series against the Southwest Division rival Pelicans. New Orleans leads the season series 2-1. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN.

The Mavs return to American Airlines Center next Tuesday night, hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

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Injury updates presented by Baylor Emergency Medical Centers:

Chandler Parsons (right hip injury) — no update at this time

Sacramento Kings

PLAYER MIN PTS AST STL BLK REB DREB OREB TO PF +/- FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A
Quincy Acy, F 16 12 0 1 0 6 3 3 0 3 -5 4-4 1-1 3-3
Rudy Gay, F 47 31 1 1 0 5 5 0 2 1 5 13-20 3-3 2-2
DeMarcus Cousins, C 48 35 4 6 1 17 14 3 10 5 5 15-30 2-6 3-6
Ben McLemore, G 18 4 3 1 0 1 1 0 1 2 -2 2-5 0-2 0-0
Darren Collison, G 47 14 12 2 0 4 4 0 3 1 -3 6-14 0-4 2-3
Marco Belinelli 43 14 3 3 0 9 8 1 0 1 8 5-17 4-13 0-0
Kosta Koufos 17 0 1 0 0 4 3 1 2 2 -3 0-0 0-0 0-0
Seth Curry 36 6 2 2 0 3 2 1 1 5 9 2-7 2-3 0-0
James Anderson 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -14 0-2 0-0 0-0
Caron Butler 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Omri Casspi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Willie Cauley-Stein 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Rajon Rondo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Duje Dukan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Eric Moreland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
TOTALS PTS AST STL BLK REB DREB OREB TO PF   FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A
    116 27 16 1 49 40 9 19 21   47-99 12-32 10-14
                        47.5% 37.5% 71.4%

Dallas Mavericks

PLAYER MIN PTS AST STL BLK REB DREB OREB TO PF +/- FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A
Chandler Parsons, F 28 10 4 0 0 6 5 1 2 2 -8 3-10 2-4 2-4
Dirk Nowitzki, F 42 23 3 0 0 5 5 0 1 3 10 8-19 2-7 5-6
Zaza Pachulia, C 40 9 0 5 0 17 11 6 3 4 -7 4-11 0-0 1-2
Wesley Matthews, G 42 20 4 2 0 3 3 0 0 0 -1 7-13 2-4 4-5
Deron Williams, G 43 25 4 2 0 2 1 1 5 3 -8 10-18 3-6 2-4
Raymond Felton 34 5 2 1 0 7 7 0 3 2 5 2-5 1-2 0-0
JaVale McGee 17 13 0 2 2 11 7 4 0 3 2 6-8 0-0 1-2
Devin Harris 16 5 2 1 0 3 2 1 0 1 3 2-4 1-2 0-0
J.J. Barea 22 7 3 0 0 1 1 0 3 0 4 3-10 1-4 0-0
Jeremy Evans 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
John Jenkins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Dwight Powell 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Charlie Villanueva 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Justin Anderson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Salah Mejri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
TOTALS PTS AST STL BLK REB DREB OREB TO PF   FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A
    117 22 13 2 55 42 13 17 18   45-98 12-29 15-23
                        45.9% 41.4% 65.2%

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DALLAS — While much has been made of four-time All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo’s return to American Airlines Center for the first time since parting ways with the Dallas Mavericks during the first round of the playoffs last season, his former team knows it could have its hands full with another player inside.

Looking to bounce back from consecutive losses to Miami and New Orleans, the Mavericks (19-15) will also attempt to avenge a 112-98 road defeat at the hands of the Sacramento Kings back on Nov. 30. The Mavs will try to contain the NBA’s league leader in assists on the perimeter as well, surrendering 21 points, three rebounds and five assists to Rondo back in that November matchup.

But after giving up 16 of DeMarcus Cousins’ 31 points in the fourth quarter of that game, the Dallas defense will center its attention on keeping the All-Star big man from having another big game inside.

“I mean, [Rondo] has typically played well against former teams, but I think we’ve got bigger problems with DeMarcus and how he controls the game,” sixth man Devin Harris said in anticipation for Tuesday’s contest against the Kings (14-20). “You know, we’ve just got to focus on how to take away things. Obviously, they had the great game last night, and we’ve just got to stick to the game plan that we have.”

Posting 32 points and nine rebounds against Phoenix in a 142-119 home win on Saturday, Cousins then exploded for 33 points and 19 boards Monday night during the Kings’ 116-104 victory in Oklahoma City. For that reason, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle knows his entire team will have to be prepared to deal with Cousins in order to collect a much-needed win at home before starting a three-game road trip.

And with Mavs center Zaza Pachulia drawing the assignment of guarding Cousins to start the game, Carlisle stressed the importance of team defense to the rest of his players.

“I mean, he’s one of the most difficult guys in the whole league to game plan for,” Carlisle said with a great amount of respect for Cousins’ abilities. “He’s a unique combination of size, strength, tenacity and skill, and he’s just putting up some games with just some unbelievable numbers. He’s had several games where he’s over 30 points and 15 rebounds, and he’s a monstrosity to deal with. So, it’s a team responsibility. Zaza is going to obvious guard him to start the game, and the challenge there is to play aggressively without getting bad fouls, ’cause we only have a limited number of fouls with our big guys. We’re going to have to have a lot of help ready, and we’re going to have to hope he misses some.”

Note: The Mavericks return to American Airlines Center on Tuesday night, hosting the Sacramento Kings. The Kings lead the season series after handing the Mavs a 112-98 road loss back on Nov. 30. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

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Injury updates presented by Baylor Emergency Medical Centers:

Deron Williams (left hamstring tightness) — questionable

Devin Harris (back spams) — probable

DALLAS — After falling to back-to-back losses to begin the new year, the Dallas Mavericks should have plenty of motivation to collect a win on their home floor Tuesday night before venturing back out on the road for three games.

Ending the 2015 portion of the season with four straight wins, the Mavericks (19-15) skidded to a 106-82 lopsided loss on New Year’s Day in Miami. The Mavs then continued to head in the wrong direction the following night at home against the Southwest Division rival New Orleans Pelicans, suffering a 105-98 loss Saturday to slip to 1-2 in the season series.

Now, the Mavericks will attempt to collect a much-needed win on their home floor before the start of a three-game road trip, welcoming in former point guard Rajon Rondo and the high-octane Sacramento Kings.

“Well, we’ve got to circle the wagons here. We’ve had two poor games,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle confessed. “I mean, we really haven’t played well in either one of them with any consistency, so we’ve got a bounce-back opportunity against a team that’s a dynamic scoring team. I mean, they put up 142 points (on Saturday), and they won by over 20. They were down three halfway through the third quarter, and they put up two near 40-point quarters against Phoenix, who’s not a bad defensive team, in the second half.  So, they’re a hard guard. … We’re going to really be challenged.”

Making a five-player trade to acquire Rondo, a four-time All-Star, from the Boston Celtics during the ’14-15 season, the Mavericks got little return on their investment before the two sides parted ways. Rondo played in 46 games for the Mavs last season, averaging 9.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists during that span before leaving the team during Dallas’ first-round playoff series against Houston after he cited a back injury. However, the veteran floor general has since seen plenty of personal success after signing with the Kings (14-20) in free agency, averaging 12.0 points and an NBA-best 11.6 assists per game this season.

Rondo scored 15 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out 15 assists during the Kings’ 142-119 rout at home against Phoenix on Saturday. He followed that up with a near triple-double Monday night in Oklahoma City, scoring 13 points, grabbing nine boards and handing out 19 assists as the Kings sprinted to a 116-104 win. And after falling to a 112-98 road loss to the Kings on Nov. 30 while seeing Rondo tally 21 points, three rebounds and five assists, the Mavs will seek retribution as the scene shifts to Dallas on Tuesday night.

“It didn’t work out from the get-go, I think, with the stuff we were trying to run,” 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki admitted while summarizing Rondo’s short stint in Dallas. “And with Monta (Ellis) there, he needs the ball a lot, too, to be effective. You know, (in Sacramento) it’s the perfect fit for him. They’ve got a lot of shooters and a lot of playmakers around him. And it seems like he’s dribbling and dribbling — boom. One pass, one pitch, three ball. I mean, he’s playing incredible. He feels like he’s got confidence in his shot, and he’s shooting the three some. And I’m happy for him. Just ’cause it didn’t work out for him in Dallas doesn’t make him a bad guy. I thought we got along great as a team. We got along great with him and we had fun. It’s just that things sometimes don’t work out the way you want them to, and I think both sides moved on. And I’m happy that he’s playing well.”

Note: The Mavericks return to American Airlines Center on Tuesday night, hosting the Sacramento Kings. The Kings lead the season series after handing the Mavs a 112-98 road loss back on Nov. 30. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

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Injury updates presented by Baylor Emergency Medical Centers:

Deron Williams (left hamstring tightness) — questionable

Devin Harris (back spams) — probable