Mavericks 123, Kings 100

The Sports Xchange
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DALLAS -- Vince Carter scored 26 points, draining six 3-pointers, to move up a notch on the NBA's all-time scoring list and allowing the Dallas Mavericks to head into the All-Star break on a positive note with a 123-100 victory over the Sacramento Kings Wednesday night at American Airlines Center.
Carter had 17 points in the third quarter when he went 5-of-7 from 3-point range, including a pair late in the period that saw the Mavs re-establish a double-digit lead after the Kings had cut an 18-point deficit in half. Carter, 36, passed Larry Bird and moved into 29th place on the all-time scoring list. He now has 21,797 career points in 1,037 games.
His next target is not far ahead. Gary Payton is 28th with 21,813 points.
Dallas got the much-needed bounce-back win after it failed to close out the Atlanta Hawks in a disappointing home loss on Monday. The Mavs go into the break at 23-29. Currently in 11th place in the Western Conference, they have 30 games after the break to get hot and make a push into playoff contention. Dallas has made the playoffs in 12 consecutive seasons, the longest active streak behind the San Antonio Spurs.
Wednesday's win was a step in the right direction against a Kings team that fell to 5-23 on the road and has now lost 18 consecutive games in Dallas. It's the Mavs' longest-ever home winning streak against an opponent and the second-longest active winning streak in the NBA behind the Spurs' 28-game streak against Golden State. The Kings haven't won in Dallas since February 2003.
Also encouraging for Dallas is the recent play of Dirk Nowitzki. He turned in one of his best all-around performances of his season, which got off to a late start after he missed the first 27 games due to arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. In his 23rd game, Nowitzki posted 17 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals.
Carter's game-high 26 points, three shy of his high during two seasons with Dallas, led four Mavs into double figures. Point guard Darren Collison had 18 points and nine assists and O.J. Mayo had 10 points while missing all seven of his 3-point attempts.
For the Kings (19-35) it was the same old story on the road. After losing at Memphis on Tuesday night, they trailed just 30-27 to the Mavs, but were blown out in the second quarter, 29-17, and they never recovered. Sacramento committed 18 turnovers, shot 41.2 percent and was outrebounded by one of the worst rebounding teams in the league, while giving up 15 offensive boards.
Tyreke Evans led Sacramento with 23 points, DeMarcus Cousins had 17 points, 13 rebounds and five turnovers, and Jason Thompson had 17 points and nine rebounds.
NOTES: Sacramento guard Marcus Thornton did not play due to a bruised right hand. ... Dallas center Chris Kaman missed his eighth consecutive game after sustaining a concussion during practice. ... Sacramento's five road wins are fewer than all teams except for Washington, which has four.

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