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Rapid Reaction: Mavericks 117, Kings 112

SACRAMENTO -- The Dallas Mavericks needed as much help as they could get to end a miserable streak of losses.

The Sacramento Kings provided plenty as the Mavs snapped their four-game skid with a 117-112 win in overtime.

How it happened: The Mavericks never gave up despite trailing virtually the whole game. The Kings had a 17-point lead (71-54) early in the third quarter, but the Mavs rallied and had a chance to win in regulation before blowing their own lead late.

The Mavs began taking the ball to the basket when Kings coach Keith Smart inexplicably went to a lineup of three guards, a small forward and a power forward.

O.J. Mayo, like the rest of the Mavs, started slow but scored 10 in the fourth quarter, as did Vince Carter.

What it means: The Mavs snapped their four-game slide and with it their NBA record-tying 10-game overtime losing streak. Dallas improves to 1-7 this season in overtime games. The Mavs have won 29 of their past 35 regular-season games over the Kings.

Play of the game: It didn’t appear to be anything more than a blast from the past when Carter slithered through the Kings defense and threw down a two-handed dunk midway through the third quarter. But it seemed to energize Carter, Mayo and the rest of the Mavericks.