DALLAS -- On J.J. Barea bobblehead night, the little man had to wait until the second quarter to get in the game so Roddy Beaubois could make his season debut off the bench.
Barea patiently waited and then took off as if to show his buddy Beaubois how it's done. But the real story of the second quarter, in which the Mavs pulled away from a 25-25 tie at the end of one to lead 61-48 at the half, was a fully engaged Brendan Haywood. For whatever reason, Haywood loves playing the Kings. In the previous two games he averaged 8.0 points and 4.5 rebounds.
He put up nine points on 4-of-4 shooting and five rebounds. His season-high is 10 points and five made field goals.
As for Barea, he continued his red-hot February despite his late entry into the game. All he did was put up seven points on 3-of-3 shooting, including draining his lone 3-point attempt, and collect six assists in eight minutes -- the same number Beaubois played in the first quarter when he went for six points and an assist.
Beaubois replaced Barea with 3:51 left in the half, but after an assist, a near-turnover followed by a turnover on a drive, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle pulled Beaubois in favor of Jason Terry. Beaubois finished the first half with six points, three assists and three turnovers.
Dirk Nowitkzi has 13 points, nailing a 3-pointer in the final half-minute for the final margin.
The Kings are staying relatively close with a makeshit backcourt with Tyreke Evans out with plantar fasciitis in his left foot thanks to a big half from little-known Jermaine Taylor, who has dropped 15 points. DeMarcus Cousins has nine points.