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               === Kings hope to snap lengthy skid at Dallas ===
 
 (Sports  Network)  - It  was a  day of  firsts on  Saturday for the Sacramento
 Kings,  who  picked up  their first  victory on the  road and first three-game
 winning streak of the season.
 
 The  Kings will need  all that momentum and more on Monday evening as they try
 to snap a 16-game skid in Dallas against the Mavericks.
 
 In  its seventh road  game of the season, Sacramento recorded a 99-80 win over
 the  Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday. The Kings shot just 13 percent in the
 second  quarter,  but never trailed  after halftime thanks  in part to a 34-24
 scoring edge in the third frame.
 
 DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 12 rebounds, while John Salmons also scored
 19  and dished out a season-high 11 assists. Aaron Brooks donated 14 points to
 the win.
 
 "It  feels good," Salmons said about getting a road win. "We talked about that
 before the game today, especially coming off two home wins."
 
 Sacramento  won  the opener  of its  four-game road  trip despite guard Tyreke
 Evans  sitting out for the fourth time in five games with a bruised left knee.
 He is questionable for tonight.
 
 The  Kings will need  all hands on deck as they try for their first victory in
 Dallas  since  Feb. 27, 2003.  They have  lost 11 of  their past 12 versus the
 Mavericks overall.
 
 Dallas  could  also be a bit  shorthanded for this meeting. Still without star
 forward  Dirk  Nowitzki because  of right  knee surgery,  Shawn Marion sat out
 Saturday's  116-109  win over the Houston  Rockets because of a strained right
 groin. That led to the Mavs using their 10th different starting lineup in what
 was their 20th game.
 
 O.J.  Mayo led Dallas' offense with a career high-tying 40 points, 16 of those
 coming  in  the fourth quarter when  the Mavericks rallied from 11 points down
 with 9:25 to play. That gave the Mavs their second straight win, third in four
 games and improved them to 10-10 on the season.
 
 "I  was just  focused on time and  scoring," said Mayo, who hit six 3-pointers
 and  pulled down eight rebounds. "Trying to get to .500 was very important for
 us and we got there and we have keep continuing to build off of that."
 
 Chris Kaman added 20 points and seven boards while battling through a sprained
 left  ankle that limited him to just 18 1/2 minutes of action. Darren Collison
 and Vince Carter donated 12 points apiece in the victory.
 
 12/10 10:49:26 ET

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