Dirk Nowitzki scores 34 as Mavericks slip by Kings

Automated InsightsFebruary 1, 2014

Dirk Nowitzki scored 34 points to help the Dallas Mavericks nip the Sacramento Kings, 107-103. The Mavericks put together a very efficient performance, turning it over on only four possessions while totaling 21 assists. Dallas (27-21) gets one in the win column after losing to Houston on Wednesday.

Nowitzki went 11-19 (1-3 from three-point range) and 11-11 from the free throw line, in an efficient offensive performance. Other top contributors for Dallas included Jose Calderon with 14 points and 7 assists, and Brandan Wright with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Rudy Gay had another strong game for Sacramento despite the loss, putting up 35 points on 10-16 shooting from the field and 15-17 from the free throw line. He also added 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Isaiah Thomas added 19 points and 6 assists.

After putting up a sparkling assist-to-turnover ratio of 5.25, the Mavericks are 9-4 on the season when eclipsing 2.50 in this category. However, the Kings are winless (0-5) when allowing their opponents to achieve such a lofty ratio.

Sacramento (15-31) has now lost six in a row.

Coming up, the Mavericks square off with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are 16-30 on the season. The Kings match up with the San Antonio Spurs, currently sitting at 33-13 this year. The Mavericks have a 1-0 record against Cleveland this season. The Kings are 0-1 versus San Antonio this season.