Ran­dolph keys big first half as Kings top Mav­er­icks

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DAL­LAS (AP) — Amer­i­can Air­lines Cen­ter was once the most hos­tile road arena for the Sacra­mento Kings. Not any­more. Zach Ran­dolph scored 22 points, Bog­dan Bog­danovich added 19 and the Kings used a big first half to beat the Dal­las Mav­er­icks 114-109 on Tues­day night.

Sacra­mento has won four of five in Dal­las af­ter los­ing 22 in a row here from 2003 to 2016.

“We were shar­ing the ball,” Ran­dolph said. “Once we were mov­ing the ball, we were get­ting at­tacks. That’s what good teams do — move the ball.”

While the Kings were tak­ing charge early, the Mavs played like a team that was start­ing the All-Star break one game early.

Ran­dolph scored 18 in the first half, help­ing Sacra­mento to a 65-44 lead at the break. The Kings dom­i­nated the paint in the first two quar­ters, scor­ing 40 points, while the Mav­er­icks shot just 35 per­cent.

At one point in the se­cond quar­ter, coach Rick Carlisle re­placed his en­tire lineup, only to see the Kings beat the Mavs to two of­fen­sive re­bounds th a t re­sulted in a Gar­rett Tem­ple 3- pointer that made it 46-28. “Bad first half, good se­cond half, have a great break,” Carlisle said to open his postgame press con­fer­ence. He then walked away from the podium be­fore com­ing back to an­swer a few more ques­tions, say­ing, “Our job is to com­pete, and we didn’t com­pete in the first half, and that’s a prob­lem.”

J.J. Barea led the Mav­er­icks with 19 points, and Har­ri­son Barnes and Dwight Pow­ell each scored 18.

The Kings had a 26-point lead early in the third quar­ter be­fore the Mav­er­icks put to­gether a 17-3 run fu­eled by four 3-point­ers. But Sacra­mento had an 88-71 ad­van­tage af­ter three, and then opened the fi­nal quar­ter with a 9-0 run to match its largest lead.

The Mav­er­icks kept chip­ping away for the en­tire quar- ter and closed with a 30-11 run to make the fi­nal score close.

“The sea­son got off to a lit­tle bit of a tough start, but we’ve been fight­ing and stay­ing to­gether,” Barea said. “We’ve got to help the young guys out, get bet­ter as a team and fin­ish the sea­son as best as we can.” MR. SMITH GOES TO LOS AN­GE­LES The only Mav­er­icks player at­tend­ing All-Star week­end is rookie point guard Den­nis Smith Jr., who will play in the Ris­ing Stars game on Fri­day night and then join three oth­ers for the Ver­i­zon Slam Dunk con­test Satur­day.

“I al­ways wanted to be in the All-Star Game, not so much the dunk con­test,” Smith said. “But to be in it is a bless­ing and I’m look­ing for­ward to it.”

Smith scored 17 points against Sacra­mento, but it was a for­mer dunk con­test win­ner, 41-year-old Vince Carter, who put down the night’s most em­phatic slam af­ter he stole the ball and went in un­con­tested in the se­cond quar­ter.

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