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Rapid Reaction: Mavs 99, Kings 60

How it happened: The Kings’ ineptitude had something to do with it, but there’s never been a better defensive game in Mavericks’ history.

The previous low was 65 against the Timberwolves on Feb. 27, 2007.

The Mavs held the Kings to 23 points in the first half, breaking the franchise record of 24 set on March 13, 1999 against the Vancouver Grizzlies. Sacramento shot 17.4 percent from the floor before halftime and 25.6 in the game.

The Mavs cooled off a bit after the break, but their defense fueled a pretty nice offensive groove while they established a 29-point halftime lead. Jason Terry scored 13 of his game-high 21 points in the first half.

Jason Kidd looked good in his return after a four-game absence due to lower back spasms, finishing with five points on 2-of-2 shooting, six assists and six steals in 28 minutes.

What it means: The 0-3 start is officially a distant memory. The Mavs (8-5) are winning often and in convincing fashion. Dallas has won seven of eight games, including five victories by double-digit deficits.

Play of the game: Lamar Odom and Ian Mahinmi capped a 15-1 run with a pretty, perfectly executed alley-oop in the final seconds of the first quarter. Odom beat his on a baseline drive to his right and delivered a beautiful, off-the-dribble lob pass to Mahinmi for the two-hand finish.

Stat of the night: Teams have swept four games in five nights only 12 times (out of 272 tries) since the 2008-09. The Mavericks have done it twice, pulling it off against the Pistons, Thunders, Spurs and Heat last season and this week against the Pistons, Celtics, Bucks and Kings. (Assist to Twitter’s invaluable @mavstats.)