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01/15/2012 12:38 AM EST
Mavs rout Kings 99-60 for fifth straight win
DALLAS 99, SACRAMENTO 60

DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks were able to rest their
regulars in the fourth quarter thanks to a record defensive
effort.



Jason Terry scored 21 points, Vince Carter added 16 and the
Mavericks stretched their winning streak to five games with a
99-60 rout of the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.



The Kings went 22 for 86 from the field (25.6 percent) against a
Mavericks team that allowed the fewest points in franchise
history.



Dallas' previous low was 65 points against Minnesota on Feb. 27,
2007.



"(The Kings) had some struggles. Their shot-making wasn't great,
but I thought we had something to do with that," Mavericks coach
Rick Carlisle said. "We're placing emphasis on energy, defense
and rebounding. The guys are responding."



Dirk Nowitzki contributed 14 points in a little over 20 minutes
for the reigning NBA champs (8-5), who've won six in a row at
home after a 0-2 start.



Both teams were playing their fourth game in five nights, but
the Mavericks were fresher after resting their starters
throughout the fourth quarter of Friday night's 102-76 victory
over Milwaukee.



Marcus Thornton scored 14 points for the Kings (4-9), who've
dropped four of five, including Friday night's 103-89 defeat at
Houston. Sacramento was making the fourth stop of a five-city
road trip and struggled from the opening tip.



"When you come into the league, what you want to do is make
shots," Kings coach Keith Smart said. "When you're not making
those, you get down. When you get a collection of players doing
that, the team gets down."



The Mavericks were again able to sit their key players in the
final quarter in anticipation of a four-game road trip over six
days that begins Monday night against the Los Angeles Lakers.



"We're on an uptick right now and we've got to keep it going
because the schedule is getting tougher this week," Carlisle
said.



Dallas put the game away early, finishing the first quarter with
a 15-1 run keyed by Terry's eight points for a 27-11 lead.



The Mavericks came out with energy on the defensive end,
limiting the Kings to 4-for-25 first-quarter shooting.



Improved defense helped Dallas' championship run last season,
and increased attention to the defensive end has contributed
heavily to the current streak.



"It's all dictated on our defense," Terry said. "We want to play
great defense and get stops."



Dallas went on an 11-2 spurt early in the second quarter capped
by Nowitzki's 14-foot bank shot with 7:39 left until halftime to
push the advantage to 38-15.



The Mavericks were in command at intermission, 52-23.



The 23-point half was the lowest in Kings franchise history. The
previous low was 25 points against the Boston Celtics on Feb.
26, 1957, when the Kings were based in Rochester, N.Y., and
known as the Royals.



Dallas also set a defensive record, allowing the fewest points
in any half in franchise history, surpassing a 24-point half by
Vancouver on March 13, 1999.



The first-half defensive dominance meant the Mavericks had
allowed 54 points during a span of four quarters.



Sacramento's offense was a little more efficient in the third
quarter, narrowing the deficit to as few as 21 points.



But Dallas carried a 72-45 lead into the fourth quarter and went
with subs the rest of the way.



Tyreke Evans, who entered the night as the Kings' top scorer
with an average of 18.8 points, finished with three points on
1-for-8 shooting.



NOTES: Dallas G Jason Kidd (lower back) returned after sitting
out four consecutive games. Kidd converted a layup on his first
shot attempt, his first two-point field goal of the season. His
first 12 baskets were 3-pointers. Kidd also had six steals, one
short of his career high. ... Thornton started after missing
three games with a bruised left thigh. ... Owner Mark Cuban said
the Mavericks will receive their championship rings prior to the
Jan. 25 home game against Minnesota. That will allow former
Dallas and current Minnesota G J.J. Barea to participate. ...
Sacramento C/F Chuck Hayes missed his fifth straight game with a
dislocated left shoulder.

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