How it happened: The hype was all about the return of Roddy Beaubois -- and there were entertaining glimpses of his enormous potential.
The dynamic young guard did play a role in the run that essentially sealed the win for the Mavs. It was the old guard, however, who carried the Mavs after they let the Kings rally midway through the third quarter.
Jason Kidd had one of the most phenomenal shooting frames of his 17-year career in the third quarter. He hit six of seven shots in the quarter -- five 3-pointers and a foot-on-the-line 2.
Kidd really heated up after the Kings, who trailed by 13 at halftime, tied it up. The Mavs responded with a 13-0 run, keyed by a pair of Kidd 3s and also featuring five points by Beaubois. Kidd also had a couple of 3s during a 9-0 run later in the quarter that pretty much put the Kings out of their misery.
Kidd finished with 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting -- a point shy of his season high -- and was able to put his feet up the entire the fourth quarter.
But let’s get back to Beaubois’ season debut. It was rather impressive with some spectacular moments. He scored 13 points on 6-of-13 shooting and dished out six assists in 21 minutes. (We’d point out the three turnovers if we wanted to nitpick.)
Beaubois was one of four Dallas reserves who scored in double figures, a testament to this team’s terrific depth and balance.
Backup big man Brendan Haywood, who didn’t get off the bench in two of the previous four games, delivered one of his best performances of the season. He had 12 points (5-7 FG) and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes.
Sixth men Shawn Marion and Jason Terry had pretty close to typical production despite limited minutes in the blowout. They combined for 26 points on 12-of-24 shooting, with Marion also contributing six rebounds and five assists.
And J.J. Barea had a magnificent game, as has been the trend for the last month and a half. He finished with 11 points and 10 assists in 20 minutes.
What it means: The Mavs added another significant piece without slowing down. They’ve won 12 of the last 13 games and have a two-game lead in the race for second place in the Western Conference after the Lakers’ stunning loss to the Cavaliers.
Play of the game: Mavericks fans waited 54 games, five minutes and 31 seconds to see Roddy B. score this season. When he finally delivered, he did it with flair. Beaubois got to the basket on a broken play and converted a dispy-doo right-handed finger roll off the glass in traffic. It was sweet enough to make folks quickly forget that the reason the play was broken was because Beaubois’ bounce pass bounced off Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins’ knee.
Stat of the night: The Mavs are 12-1 when they have at least six players score in double figures. They had eight in double figures against the Kings, the first time they've had that many score 10-plus since April 1993.