The Fox Sports Southwest television crew should have Dirk Nowitzki on the air more often.
The Dallas Mavericks reeled off 19 consecutive points in the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings while the broadcast team was talking to Dirk about his upcoming return. The Kings never got closer than 11 in the second half as the Mavs cruised to a comfortable 119-96 win.
Perhaps their most dominant win of the season against a lesser opponent, Dallas had six players in double figures, led by O.J. Mayo with 19. The Mavs shot 55.2 percent from the floor and committed only eight turnovers in the game.
Even though this win comes against a Sacramento team not expected to do much in the standings this year, Dallas once again proved that single-digit turnover games and high-efficient shooting games are going to carry them to victories. Dallas has had problems shooting with consistency, while turning the ball over at a high rate. At least for one game, the Mavs seemed to have solved those issues, for now.
After this victory, Dallas' third straight, the Mavs are now 11-10 and back over .500. With Nowitzki now expected to return towards the end of December, the Mavs must make sure they take care of business against lesser opponents, while staying competitive against the elite NBA teams. A .500 or better record would be ideal when the former MVP returns from his recovery from knee surgery.
Dallas' next opponent is the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. A familiar face will be on the other side now, with Jason Terry facing the Mavs for the first time since he left in the offseason to join the Celtics.
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