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Season-low point total dooms Kings in 99-79 loss at Dallas

Cousins says more ball movement could have made it easier on Kings’ offense

Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins talks to media following the Kings latest loss in Dallas on Sunday, December 18, 2016. The Kings offense struggled throughtout the night due to another slow start, resulting in a double digit deficit at ha
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Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins talks to media following the Kings latest loss in Dallas on Sunday, December 18, 2016. The Kings offense struggled throughtout the night due to another slow start, resulting in a double digit deficit at ha

Player of the game: Rookie Dorian Finney-Smith scored a season-high 17 points as the Dallas Mavericks led wire-to-wire in a 99-79 victory over the Kings on Sunday at American Airlines Center. The Kings struggled offensively, finishing with a season low in points. Six Mavericks scored in double figures.

Turning point: Any chance of a comeback by the Kings ended in the third quarter when they were held to 14 points. The Kings were down nine with 10:39 left in the third and didn’t get any closer.

X-factor: The 3-point shot continues to be an enemy of the Kings. Dallas shot 13 of 33 (39.4 percent) from 3-point range while the Kings struggled, shooting 8 of 31 (25.8 percent).

Injuries: Rudy Gay (strained right hip flexor) and Omri Casspi (illness) were out for the Kings.

Records: Kings 10-17; Mavericks 7-20

Sacramento Kings coach Dave Joerger talks to the media in a postgame interview following the Kings loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, December 18, 2016 in Dallas.

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