Brandon Bass scored 16 of his season-high 20 points in the second quarter and Dallas' reserves contributed 54 points to lift the Mavericks past the Sacramento Kings 116-95 on Saturday night.
Dallas, which has won 11 straight home games over Sacramento in
the regular season, scored a season-high 70 points in the first
half - with 36 of those coming from bench players.
Josh Howard scored 20 points, reserve James Singleton had
season-high 19 with 12 rebounds and Dirk Nowitzki added 12 points
for the Mavericks. Dallas pulled all their starters early in the
Beno Udrih had 18 points, and Spencer Hawes and Francisco Garcia
each scored 17 for the Kings, who have the NBA's worst record at
Andres Nocioni, one of the key players Sacramento picked up in a
trade that sent Brad Miller and John Salmons to Chicago, was
2-for-11 with 10 points in 30 minutes.
Dallas shot 71 percent (15-of-21) in the second quarter and
outscored Sacramento 40-30 to build its 20-point halftime lead.
Mavericks reserves scored 32 of those 40 points, including the
first 14 of the quarter.
Bass scored 10 in a 21-7 run that gave the Mavericks a 57-40
lead with 3:48 remaining in the first half.
Dallas made its final five shots of the first half, including
Jason Kidd feeding Antoine Wright for a dunk with five-tenths of a
Kidd had seven assists in the second quarter and three of those
set up thunderous dunks from Singleton. The point guard finished
with 11 points and 11 assists.
The Mavericks led by as much as 29 and the Kings never got
closer than 19 after halftime.
Nocioni came in with 4:39 left in the first quarter. He missed
his first two shots before scoring on a layup early in the second
Four players who the Kings acquired in a flurry of trades made
before Thursday's deadline were active Saturday night. Will
Solomon, shipped from Toronto, scored seven points. Cedric Simmons,
who came from Chicago along with Nocioni and Drew Gooden, and Ike
Diogu did not play.
Gooden is expected to join the Kings on Sunday and may play Monday night against New Orleans.
Calvin Booth and Rashad McCants, acquired from Minnesota,
are also expected to join Sacramento on Sunday.
The Mavericks won the season series 3-1.
Sacramento's last regular-season win in Dallas came Feb. 27, 2003. The Kings have won two playoff games in Dallas since then.
Kings guard Kevin Martin was held to 11 points, more than 13 below his average. He had scored 65 points in his past two games.