The Dallas Mavericks showed that they could compete for stretches against the Sacramento Kings in their fourth Summer League game, but stretches aren’t a complete game. Dallas had no answer for Sacramento’s determination. Outside of some consistent rim attacks in the second and third quarter, the Mavericks again wavered and fell to a team that didn’t put forth its best effort. Sacramento, despite shooting only 37.7 percent overall, netted an easy 86-70 win.
Dallas kept things relatively close throughout much of the first half. They got nice contributions from several players as the Mavericks kept things active. However, every time they scored, it seemed like the Kings had an answer. Not only did Sacramento answer, they did so from deep. The Mavs, on the other hand, couldn’t get anything going from behind the arc in the first half.
In the first quarter, the Kings went 5-11 from deep. In the second, they only made 1-9, but it didn’t matter. The Mavericks only shot 2-12 on three-pointers in the first half. The discrepancy was enough to give Sacramento a 40-32 advantage going into the break.
Carlik Jones and Devontae Shuler led the way for Dallas in the first half with eight and seven points, respectively.
In the third, the Mavericks had their best run of the game. Dallas opened the quarter on a 9-0 run, giving them a 41-40 lead with 7:39 to go, thanks to buckets by Feron Hunt and Nate Hinton. The two teams jockeyed back and forth for several minutes, trading makes and misses, but it was Sacramento who eventually pulled away. Late buckets by Matt Coleman III and Emanuel Terry helped give the Kings a 58-53 lead after three.
Everything fell apart for the Mavericks in the fourth quarter. Even though they began the frame in striking distance, the Kings poured it on early and hard. They opened the quarter on a 16-1 run, giving them a 74-54 lead with just under six minutes left to play. It was all she wrote for the Summer Mavs at that point.
Tensions did flare for a bit three minutes to go. Kings forward Chemizie Metu went up for what would have been a dunk, but Mavericks forward Eugene Omoruyi fouled him hard. After the play, Metu responded by hitting Omoruyi in the face with his elbow/forearm. Omoruyi appeared to walk it off at first before charging at Metu. Teammates and officials restrained him. Both were ejected after the altercation.
In the end, Dallas’ spurts of good offense—they out-shot Sacramento 40.9 percent to 37.7 percent—weren’t enough to stop the bleeding when it mattered most. The Kings picked apart the Mavericks in the fourth quarter and handed them their fourth consecutive loss.
Leading the way for Dallas was Carlik Jones. He totaled 18 points on 6-13 shooting and four assists. Feron Hunt scored 12 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and had three assists. Nate Hinton chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds.