How it happened: The Mavericks seized control with their best defensive stretch of the season.
The Mavs reeled off 19 unanswered points during a stretch that spanned the first and second quarters, holding the Kings scoreless for 8:16. Sacramento went 10:52 between field goals, missing 12 consecutive shots and committing nine turnovers in that time.
The Kings (7-13) never pulled within single digits again.
The Mavs didn’t have much problem scoring all night long. They had six players score in double figures: O.J. Mayo (19 points), Chris Kaman (18), Darren Collison (15), Derek Fisher (11), Jae Crowder (11) and Dahntay Jones (11).
Dallas shot 55.2 percent from the floor and committed only eight turnovers.
The Mavs had a 65-43 halftime lead, matching their most points in any half this season.
What it means: The Mavs (11-10) are back above .500 after winning their third consecutive game.
Play of the game: Collison picked off a Cousins pass near halfcourt and took off for a one-man fast break. The 6-footer finished with a one-hand flush before Cousins could catch up and have a chance to block it. That stretched the Mavs’ lead back to 15 after the Kings made a run to slash it from 28 to 11.
Stat of the night: The Mavs are 8-2 when Kaman scores at least 15 points. That includes each game in their three-game winning streak, when Kaman has averaged 17.7 points on 65.8 percent shooting.