SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Don't write the obituary just yet for the Dallas Mavericks. Their quest for a 13th straight playoff berth is still alive, even if it remains on life support.
Shawn Marion had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and the Mavericks snapped a two-game losing streak with a 117-108 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.
The Mavericks (37-39) used a 41-point second quarter to gain control of a game they desperately needed. They remained three games behind the Lakers in the chase for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference.
"We're playing game to game and trying to win every one and give ourselves a chance," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "This is a prideful group of guys. We want to finish this season on an uptick."
Dallas has made the playoffs 12 straight seasons dating to 1999-00, which was Dirk Nowitzki's second season.
Just getting back into the playoff hunt has been a major effort for Dallas. The Mavericks had an 11-10 record after beating the Kings on Dec. 10. But over the next month they dropped 13 of 15 games and had a 13-23 record on Feb. 9.
The Mavericks' four-game road trip got off to a rough start Tuesday with a 20-point loss to the Lakers. But a 95-94 loss Thursday night in Denver felt even worse than the lopsided defeat.
"We had to (forget). That's the NBA," Marion said. "That's what being a pro is all about. We had to put last night behind us."
Marion did his part, making 10 of 17 shots, including his lone 3-point attempt, and converted all four free-throw attempts.
The Mavericks shot 51 percent, scored 99 points over the last three quarters, had 30 assists and made all 19 free throws.
"We were moving the ball and everyone was looking for each other," Marion said. "We were making that extra pass all game."
Dallas, which trailed 27-18 after the first quarter, swept all four games from the Kings this season and has defeated Sacramento in 15 of the last 16 meetings.
Isaiah Thomas had 29 points and Tyreke Evans added 26 points and nine rebounds for the Kings, who dropped their third straight game. Jason Thompson had 16 points and 16 rebounds.
"When you're dealing with a team like Dallas, they just have so many know-how guys that are going to hurt you no matter what," Kings coach Keith Smart said. "We've had a hard time with this team all year. They have done a number on us no matter how we've tried to play them."
Reserve Brandan Wright had 20 points for Dallas, which outscored the Kings' bench 49-24. Backup point guard Darren Collison contributed 18 points and eight assists, and Nowitzki added 16 points.
The slender Wright was a factor at both ends of the court. He shot 9 of 14, had six rebounds and blocked two shots.
"It's always good to get a win after a tough loss like last night," Wright said. "We put up 99 points in the last three quarters. You can't ask for much better than that."
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