NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at Dallas
(Saturday, February 21st)
Final Score: Dallas 116, Sacramento 95
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - James Singleton had a season-high 19 points and 12 rebounds off the bench, as the Dallas Mavericks used a 70-point first half to cruise past the Sacramento Kings, 116-95.
Josh Howard and Brandon Bass each scored a team-high 20 points for Dallas, which recorded its highest-scoring half of the season. The Mavs rebounded from a 93-86 loss at Houston on Friday, as Jason Kidd added 11 points and 11 assists in the win.
"Coach gave me a chance tonight, and he always tells me to stay ready, and I was ready tonight," Singleton said.
Beno Udrih had 18 points and seven assists for Sacramento, which saw the debut of Andres Nocioni, who was acquired from Chicago earlier this week. Nocioni finished with 10 points and seven rebounds, while Will Solomon, who the Kings acquired from Toronto, added seven points.
A number of other players Sacramento acquired via trade before Thursday's deadline, including Ike Diogu, Rashad McCants and Drew Gooden, did not play Saturday.
Francisco Garcia and Spencer Hawes each scored 17 points for the Kings, who defeated Memphis on Friday but have now lost seven of eight.
"We're going to have to keep working and get better, but these guys have to get to understand each other and get a better feeling of what they expect from one another," Kings head coach Kenny Natt said. "But the only way to do that is with time."
Dallas ended the first quarter on a six-point burst, taking a 30-20 lead after a Howard layup. The Kings rallied at the start of the second, getting within 32-29 after a Hawes three-pointer.
But Sacramento couldn't draw even, and Dallas started pouring in points. A six-point surge, capped by two free throws and a dunk from Singleton, gave the Mavs a 42-33 lead with seven minutes remaining. A little later, Dallas rattled off eight consecutive points, going up 57-40 on a pair of Bass foul shots.
The Mavs then scored 13 points in the final three minutes of the half, and Antoine Wright's dunk just before the buzzer gave the hosts a 70-50 advantage at the break.
Seven consecutive points at the start of the third -- five from Howard -- extended Dallas' lead to 27, and the Mavs had the same advantage heading into the fourth after Howard's three-pointer made it a 98-71 game.
Dallas cruised to the win, and though Sacramento used a 12-0 burst in the late stages of the final quarter to bring its deficit under 20, Singleton ended the game with a trey.
Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, who shot 4-of-18 and had nine points in Friday's loss, scored 12 points Saturday...Wright had 10 points for the Mavericks, while Kevin Martin scored 11 for Sacramento...The Mavericks made 53.7 percent of their shots, while the Kings shot 43.4 percent...Dallas had a 49-33 rebounding advantage.
02/22 01:06:07 ET