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Mavericks 117, Kings 112 (OT)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Dallas Mavericks ended their five-game losing streak Thursday night with a 117-112 overtime victory over the Sacramento Kings before an announced crowd of 14,011 at Sleep Train Arena.

It was the Kings' first game since news broke Monday that they might be sold to a group in Seattle.

The Kings held a 71-54 lead in the third quarter, but the Mavericks methodically took advantage of Sacramento mistakes, poor offensive possessions and swiss-cheese defense to walk down Sacramento.

O.J. Mayo led the Mavericks (14-23) with 24 points. Vince Carter scored 23, and Shawn Marion had 19 points and 10 rebounds.

DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings with 29 points before fouling out on a flagrant foul II in the final minute of overtime.

The Mavs got their first lead of the game at 94-93 when Mayo scored a layin with 2:15 left. The Kings appeared headed for defeat before Isaiah Thomas scored on a 24-jumper for three points with 9.1 seconds left to tie the game at 101.

Dallas had a chance to win the game at the buzzer in regulation but a short jumper by Darren Collison missed.

The Kings led from start to the two-minute mark in the fourth, but never were able to get out of their own way. They shot better than 50 percent from the field much of the game, but hurt their cause with 20 turnovers.

Conversely, they never were able to force many turnovers by the Mavericks, who were able to stay in the game with a rebounding advantage, particularly at the offensive end.

Dallas gave itself quite a few opportunities on the offensive boards by missing repeatedly from the field. The Mavs, who played Wednesday night in L.A. against the Clippers, appeared to be a little slow.

But in the fourth quarter they slowly began to creep up on the Kings. Sacramento coach Keith Smart went to the unique lineup of guards Aaron Brooks, Jimmer Fredette and Marcus Thornton along with swingman Tyreke Evans and power forward Thomas Robinson.

The Mavericks kept taking the ball to the basket with success. Mayo and Carter did the most damage. The Kings could stop neither of the players.
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