Fox-less Kings jump on Mavs early, win 113-106

Editorial Staff
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Tyrese Haliburton had 14 points and 10 assists in his second straight start in place of leading scorer De’Aaron Fox, and the Sacramento Kings beat the Dallas Mavericks113-106 on Monday night.

Richaun Holmes added 24 points for Sacramento in his second game back after sitting out five with a strained hamstring. Harrison Barnes had 19 points, and Buddy Hield scored 16 including a clutch 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter.

Fox, the Kings point guard, is in the NBA’s health and safety protocols and could miss up to two weeks.

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Luka Doncic had 24 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for Dallas. Doncic, who was questionable before the game with a left elbow bruise, missed a free throw with 2:05 remaining and the Mavericks down by seven.

Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 19 points apiece for Dallas. The Mavericks had won three straight including back-to-back victories over the Lakers.

Haliburton struggled with his shot for much of the game and missed the rim with a 3-point try and the Kings leading 109-104.

Doncic was also off down the stretch and missed a pair of 3s in the final 30 seconds.

Sacramento led comfortably for most of the first half.

The Kings led 20-3 behind three quick 3s from Harrison Barnes and held the Mavericks to 17 points in the first quarter.

Dallas made two runs in the second to get close. Doncic’s 3-pointer cut the gap to 50-47, but Haliburton responded with a make outside the arc for Sacramento.

Doncic made a pair of 3s coming out of halftime, then dished assists to Dwight Powell and Hardway to give Dallas its first lead.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Kristaps Porzingis was held out for a second consecutive game with a left ankle sprain. JJ Reddick (right heel) did not play.

Kings: Holmes had missed five games with a right hamstring strain. … Hassan Whiteside was healthy but did not play.

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Mavericks: Play the Warriors in San Francisco on Tuesday in the second half of their back-to-back. Dallas has won five of the last six against Golden State, though the two teams split a pair of games earlier this season.

Kings: Face the Jazz at Golden 1 Center on Wednesday. Utah won when the two teams played earlier this season in Salt Lake City.