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    Mavs 106, Kings 98: Kings implode after big early lead

    A 22 point lead in the first quarter turned out to be fool's gold as the rest of the game was reminiscent of a slow, painful death.
    By | 0 Comments | Mar 2, 2019

    Might as well rename the team to the Jekyll and Hydes.

    The game started about as well as you could have hoped as a Kings fan. Behind Gay's 12 points and Ben McLemore's 9, the Kings raced out to an early 24-4 lead and won the quarter 32-14. Unfortunately, it was all downhill from there. Cousins picked up his third foul with just over five minutes to go in the quarter, and from then on Dallas went on a 17-5 run. The Kings saw their lead whittled down to only 9 points at halftime.

    The situation would only get worse in the third quarter. A big Mavericks run would quickly erase whatever lead the Kings had left, feasting on the Kings' 8 turnovers in the quarter. DeMarcus Cousins was largely stymied, unable to get the ball in good scoring position and forcing his offense. Cousins would pick up his fourth foul late in the third and had to take a seat. Meanwhile, the Mavericks defense was able to effectively bottle up Gay and McLemore; McLemore was held scoreless in the third, and Gay's turnover woes became a huge factor in the Kings' implosion. Down the stretch of the fourth, the Kings were able to get Cousins rolling a little bit, but it was too little too late as they could not stop a Mavericks offense that was in rhythm and rolling.

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