One final Mavericks push, late in the fourth quarter, fell short Thursday as they lost to the Sacramento Kings 104-101. Dallas had an opportunity, with ten seconds left in the game, to pull down a missed Sacramento free throw with a chance to tie the game. Wes Matthews couldn't box out Boogie Cousins, though, and a scrum for the ball resulted in Darren Collison grabbing it, and getting fouled with just over four seconds remaining. He would make one of two, effectively sealing the win for the Kings.
With the loss, Dallas falls to 33-29 and a tie for the six seed in the Western Conference with the Portland Trail Blazers. Here are a few things we can take away from tonight's bad loss.
Parsons and Lee had solid nights
Chandler Parsons and David Lee both had solid nights for Dallas, and they did so while seeing substantial time playing side by side. Together, they combined for 40 points and 20 rebounds, shooting 69.2% from the floor.
The rest of the team shot under 40% from the floor for the game (39.7%), and just 17.3% from deep.
Salah Mejri needs some of Zaza's minutes
Zaza struggled mightily tonight. He was incapable of defending DeMarcus Cousins, wasn't an effective rebounder, and stagnated the offense with his slow movements and missed layups. He's already begun to see a reduced role as Carlisle works Lee and Dirk in more at center, but it would be nice to see Mejri get some playing time to get a look at how he would perform against some of the bigger interior teams in the league.
The home win-streak against Sacramento is over
Prior to Saturday night's game, Dallas had won 22 consecutive home games against Sacramento, with the most recent coming on Deron Williams' ridiculous 3-pointer in double overtime earlier this season.
Rondo, Cousins, and the Kings were just too much for the Mavericks tonight though, as the Kings improved to 25-35 on the season.
Dallas has a few days off, now, before squaring off against Denver on Sunday.