DALLAS -- There was plenty to pick through and dislike from the Kings latest loss.
Point guard Isaiah Thomas couldnt have been more bothered by anyones play than his own.
As the Kings have piled up losses lately, injuries have put more responsibility on Thomas, and he hasnt played up to his standards.
Im frustrated with myself, Thomas said. My shots not falling, and Im not making enough plays for my team to win. Ive got to pick it up.
Thomas isnt the only one after the Kings suffered their sixth straight loss, 107-103, Friday night at American Airlines Center. The losing streak matches the teams longest of the season.
The Kings have been without leading scorer, DeMarcus Cousins, for the last five games. Rudy Gay missed three games during the streak.
Thomas has tried to will the Kings to victories that arent coming. Hes shooting more than hed like and less effectively.
Thomas has taken 107 shots in the last five games, making only 42 (39.3 percent), including an 8-of-21 outing against the Mavericks.
He is 18 of 42 in the last two games with Gay back in the lineup.
Ideally, with those two back, Im shooting 13, 14 shots a game, Thomas said. Ive got to figure it out. Im a pro, and Im going to figure it out and keep playing.
Kings coach Michael Malone said Cousins is doubtful for Saturdays game at San Antonio with his sprained left ankle.
Hopefully DeMarcus gets back soon, because it makes my job a lot easier, Thomas said. I understand I have been shooting a lot more than usual, but those are the shots Ive been getting. I think Im going to keep taking those shots and playing with confidence.
Thomas is averaging 22.6 points in the five games without Cousins but said he must be more efficient and break out of his shooting slump to give the Kings a chance to win.
It happens; its a long season, Thomas said. Ive just got to keep my confidence up and keep playing.
The Kings (15-31) were doomed against Dallas by turnovers (15 for 18 Mavericks points) and defensive problems, especially in the second and fourth quarters.
Dallas scored 30 points in the second and 32 in the fourth. Dallas trailed by 14 during the third before rallying thanks largely to Dirk Nowitzki (team-high 34 points) and Monta Ellis (20).
The Kings led 78-64 with 3:27 to play in the third before Dallas took control with a 28-10 run to lead 92-88 with 4:56 left in the game.
We just had no defensive presence or mindset in that fourth quarter, Malone said. And thats been our challenge all (season) long well defend in spurts, but well very rarely put together a 48-minute effort on the defensive end.
For the second game in a row, Gay (35 points) and Thomas (19)were the only Kings to score in double figures.
Gay shot 10 of 16 from the field and 15 of 17 from the free-throw line. Both of the free-throw totals were career highs. Gay added 12 rebounds and six assists. Thomas also had six assists.
Gay said there was no one reason for the loss.
You can say it was the first half, Gay said. You could say it was the first quarter or the fourth. But we have to play a whole, solid game. We havent done that in a while.