After a buzzer-beating shot against the conference’s best team, the Mavericks fell flat to finish out their four-game road trip, falling to 2-2, and 13-10 overall.
Starting off with a three-point win in New Orleans, the Mavericks then knocked off the Portland Trail Blazers 108-106, thanks in large part to Monta Ellis, who hit the game-winning jumper just inside the arc as the buzzer sounded.
It looked as if the Mavs were well on their way to a 3-0 start, facing the lowly Sacramento Kings, but it’s as if Dallas didn’t show up and were looking ahead with its game against the Golden State Warriors.
Behind DeMarcus Cousins’ 32 points and 19 rebounds, Isaiah Thomas’ 24 points and 12 assists, and Derrick Williams’ 31 points, the Kings completely ran the Mavs out of the building, on way to a 112-97 victory for the 14th-best team in the West (out of 15 teams).
The game was much more one-sided than the 15-point final would suggest as the Kings were up as much as 24 in the second half.
Ellis led the Mavs with 21 points, while Dirk Nowitzki added 18 and six rebounds and seven assists.
The Mavs shot just 38.9 percent from the field, while being outrebounded 51-39 and outscored 23-5 in fast-break points.
The Mavericks were down 28-12 in the first quarter before going on a 31-12 run to go up 43-40 in the second. The Kings would respond with a 17-4 run to end the half and never looked back.
Dallas looked great in getting back on track, up as much as 18 against the Warriors on Dec. 11 in front of a national TV audience on ESPN, but it let the Warriors back in it, losing the way it won in Portland, thanks to Stephen Curry’s bucket with 1.5 seconds left, falling 95-93.
Curry scored 16 of his 33 in the final quarter, while Dirk and Ellis led Dallas with 21 points a piece.
The Mavs just simply missed too many easy buckets in this one. Shawn Marion missed two or three close jumpers, while Samuel Dalembert missed a wide-open dunk in the second half. Ellis and Dirk both went 1-of-2 at the line late in the fourth.
The Mavericks were up 52-34 with 2:18 left in the second, but the Warriors ended the half on a 10-3 run to go into the break down 11.
Dallas fell to 13-10 on the season, and remained in the seventh spot of the ever-so loaded Western Conference.
They return home for a three-game home stand starting with the Milwaukee Bucks on Dec. 14 and finishing up with the Memphis Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors.