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Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks edge Kings, 103-100

The Dallas Mavericks had no trouble knocking down shots, finishing 34-70 (48.6%) from the field and 28-35 (80.0%) at the free throw line, in a close 103-100 win over the Sacramento Kings. Dallas (44-30) picked up the win after falling to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.

Dirk Nowitzki put up 19 points on 5-10 shooting from the field and 9-10 from the free throw line. Other top contributors for Dallas included Monta Ellis with 17 points and 6 assists, Samuel Dalembert with 15 points and 6 rebounds, and Jose Calderon with 11 points and 7 assists. Rudy Gay had another strong game for Sacramento despite the loss, putting up 30 points on 11-19 shooting from the field and 8-10 from the free throw line. He also recorded 7 rebounds. DeMarcus Cousins chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds and Ray McCallum finished with 16 points and 8 assists.

The Kings had 17 assists against 18 turnovers for a ratio of .94. This year, they are 5-13 when having more turnovers than assists in a game. Conversely, the Mavericks are 7-2 when holding their opponents below an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.00.

Sacramento (25-48) has now lost three straight games.

Coming up, the Mavericks square off against the Golden State Warriors, who are 45-27 on the season. The Kings match up with the New Orleans Pelicans, currently sitting at 32-41 this year. The Mavericks lost to Golden State the last two times they've played. The Kings have come away with a win the last two games against New Orleans.

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