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               === Carter carries Mavericks in rout of Kings ===
 Dallas,  TX (Sports Network)  - Vince Carter led the way with 26 points as the
 Dallas Mavericks continued their home dominance over the Sacramento Kings with
 a 123-100 rout on Wednesday at American Airlines Center.
 Carter  erupted for 17  points in the third, where he sank 5-of-7 from 3-point
 range  to help  Dallas pull  away for  its 18th  straight regular-season  home
 victory over Sacramento.
 Darren  Collison  added 18  points and  Dirk Nowitzki followed  with 17 in the
 third  win in four games for the Mavericks, who still have a lot of work to do
 to avoid missing the postseason for the first time since the 1999-00 campaign.
 "All  in  all I  thought we  had a good  team win,"  said Collison. "We really
 needed it before the break desperately, especially losing last game. I thought
 we did a good job."
 Tyreke  Evans  scored 23 for the  Kings, who have dropped consecutive games on
 the heels of a two-game winning streak. DeMarcus Cousins totaled 17 points and
 13 boards in defeat.
 The  teams  remained within striking  distance of one  another for most of the
 first 18 minutes of play, but the Mavericks began to create separation late in
 the second following a 20-6 run.
 Collison,  who scored  eight during  the surge,  completed a  three-point play
 before knocking down a triple in between a pair of Nowitzki jumpers, which put
 the Mavs ahead 59-42 with 53.8 seconds remaining until halftime.
 After  falling behind by  as many as 18 in the third, the Kings put together a
 17-6 run to come within 73-66, but Carter then became unconscious from 3-point
 range for Dallas to push the lead back to double-digits.
 In  the  final 4:38  of the third,  Carter buried five  triples, with his last
 giving the Mavericks a 92-77 edge heading into the final quarter.
 The Kings seemed to deflate after Carter's surge, as Jae Crowder, Nowitzki and
 Mike  James each followed  suit with triples early in the final frame to build
 Dallas' advantage up to 26.
 "Dallas  played a great  game and won the game," said Kings coach Keith Smart.
 "We  had  a stretch  where we  played good  basketball. Obviously Vince Carter
 getting  hot and made  a bunch of plays and three point shots. Then it started
 raining. Once you start making threes, everyone starts making them."
 Sacramento  never came  closer than 17 points  the rest of the way in dropping
 its sixth consecutive game away from home.
                                   Game Notes
 Carter  (21,796)  passed Larry Bird (21,791)  for 29th on the all-time scoring
 list  ...  Dallas  has  beaten  Sacramento  in 14  of  the  last  15  meetings
 overall ... The Kings  are  just 5-23 on  the road  this season ... Sacramento
 has not won in Dallas  during  the regular season since  Feb. 27, 2003 ... The
 Mavericks  have  won the  first three  contests of the  season with the Kings,
 with the last game scheduled for April 5th in Sacramento.
 02/14 01:11:54 ET