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Late-game execution continues to be a problem for Sacramento as they fall 107-103 to Dallas

Sacramento dropped their 6th game in a row and 19th in a row in Dallas (going all the way back to 2003) as Dallas proved to be the better team down the stretch.

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Final - 1.31.2014 1 2 3 4 Total
Sacramento Kings 20 29 32 22 103
Dallas Mavericks 24 30 21 32 107

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The Kings lost to the Dallas Mavericks today, their 6th straight loss.  Rudy Gay was phenomenal with 35 points (10-16 from the field), 12 rebounds and 6 assists but aside from Isaiah Thomas (19 points, 6 assists) no other King managed to score in double-digits.

The Mavericks were led by future hall of famer Dirk Nowitzki's 34 point, while Monta Ellis chipped in 20 on just 10 shots since he got to the line 9 times.  Sacramento actually shot better from the field than Dallas and hit 5 more threes, but Dallas had a big advantage in both Free Throws made (29 to 20) and Points off Turnovers (18 to 4).  Dallas as a team had just 4 turnovers, a season low for a Kings opponent.

At one point in the 3rd quarter, the Kings turned a halftime deficit into a 14 point lead, but from that moment on, the Mavericks outscored Sacramento 43 to 25 thanks to a combination of Dallas' defense locking in while Sacramento's defense slipped.

The Kings have a short trip tonight as they head to San Antonio to play the Spurs tomorrow.  It's also StR's first away night, so I hope to see several of you there.

For the opponent's perspective, visit Mavs Moneyball