Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 1/16/12

The defending champions defended the basket in record-breaking fashion last night, with Dallas delivering a thorough 99-60 win over the Sacramento Kings. The Kings scored the fewest points and registered the lowest field-goal percentage (25.6 percent) by any opponent in 32 seasons of Mavericks basketball. This was the second time that the Mavericks have led wire to wire in a game this season.

With Dallas having won in great fashion against the Bucks the night before, they were able to again rest their key players and allowed the backup guys to get more playing time and more touches on the ball; and they will certainly need that since the next task at hand is a California road trip to play the Lakers and the Clippers.

Dallas’ complete dominance was present from the beginning when they only allowed the Kings to score 11 points in the first quarter and 23 points in the whole first half. The Mavs had 27 points in the first quarter and 52 points in the first half and outscored the Kings throughout every quarter except for the third when the Kings scored 22 to Dallas’ 20, but Dallas came back with a vengeance and scored 27 to the Kings’ 15 in the fourth.

JET led the way for the Mavs again with 21 points and Vince Carter was letting everyone know again that he still has some stuff left in the tank to rev the crowd and his team mates up with some “Vinsanity” and flying to the basket with monstrous dunks. Again Dirk didn’t have to pull the load, but did add 14 points for the Mavs and to his all time total and Shawn Marion added 10. It was good to see Jason Kidd back in the lineup after missing 3 games due to a back strain suffered in Dallas’ loss to San Antonio, but Delonte West filled in nicely at the point and Roddy B is finally settling down some and becoming more aware of his surroundings and knowing what to do with the ball.

Newly appointed coach, Keith Smart, definitely had his hands full with the Mavs and his team, trying to get them to committing to playing together and not individually. Marcus Thornton led the Kings with 14 points and DeMarcus Cousins had 12 points and 10 rebounds; these were the only players in double figures for the night.

I know when I look at stats to see where the Mavericks measure up, usually it’s a back and forth of numbers between the two teams, but Dallas also had a lot of control over the numbers from tonight’s game as well. Dallas shot 45.7%n from the field to Sacramento’s 25.6%, Dallas also shot 43.8 from behind the arc to 9.5% for the Kings,but Sacramento out did the Mavs at the free throw line by converting 77.8% of their free throw attempts into points compared to Dallas’ 72%; this is still an area that Dallas needs to work on. They have always been one of the better teams at the free throw line, but this season, they are falling down on the job; guys practice, practice, pratice…practice makes it better.

Dallas and Sacramento both had 17 turnovers and Dallas held the edge on rebounds 59-50 and also on points in the paint, Dallas had 42 to Sacramento’s 32. With having such a good game, it gives Dallas the mindset that they need to continue the way they have been playing.

It’s all a mental game before you step on the court to play anyway, and with Dallas having obliterated the last two opponents as they have, hopefully it will help them to get their game faces on once they get to Los Angeles. Neither the Lakers nor the Clippers will be easy foes for them to face, but having the nitch of a win under their belt, it will help them to prepare for the task ahead.

Kobe Bryant, who leads the NBA in scoring right now, has been having some monster nights of 40+ in scoring and all this is with minor injuries and the Clippers have re-fortified their roster with adding Chris Paul and Caron Butler to the cast, so they are not going to be as much of a push over as they used to be, not saying they were an easy win, but Dallas could handle them most of the time. So boys, you had better have your dancing shoes on and be ready. At least they are not on back to back nights and they will have at least one nights rest between games.

Having Kidd back in the line up will be a positive note for Dallas, because they are going to need all the positives they can muster and I really feel that this will be Lamar Odom’s best game this season if not for quite some time. He is still having some emotions over the rumor of the Chris Paul trade to the Lakers that got squished and Lamar had no idea that his name was being tossed around and then all of a sudden he got traded to the Mavericks who are a different kind of team than the Lakers. Dallas is not flash and glitz and glamour and we don’t live in the limelight; we are in the middle of Texas, God’s country and ranches and cows and such; talk about a culture shock, this was definitely one, but we welcome him to Dallas, to Texas and to the Mavericks with open arms. He is the reigning Sixth Man of the NBA, who wouldn’t want that?

So I bid you a good day and say good luck and let’s go Mavs!

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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