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Postgame notes: Career nights for Williams, Thomas in rout of Mavs

Postgame notes and quotes from the Kings’ 112-97 win over the Dallas Mavericks Monday at Sleep Train Arena:

*Derrick Williams had missed all five of his three pointers in his first five games with the Kings. He attempted five Monday and made three. Williams’ 31 points in the win topped his previous career-best of 28 points, established March 24 against Chicago last season while playing for Minnesota.

“I finally hit a three-point shot, that was the main thing,” Williams said. “I don’t really care about the stats and things like that. I’m just glad I hit a three-point shot. I’ve really been struggling so far this season with my shot and it’s good when you see your first couple go (in).”

*Williams made 12-of-16 shots overall. He also had five rebounds and five steals.

*The Kings played at a faster pace than they’ve shown a lot of the season. They finished with 23 fastbreak points.

They scored 34 points in the first quarter behind Isaiah Thomas, who scored 10 of his 24 points in the first period. Thomas also finished with a career-high 12 assists. His previous best was 11, Feb. 19, 2012 at Cleveland.

Here is DeMarcus Cousins on if the game speeds up with Thomas starting now:

“Absolutely – that’s how Isaiah goes. He brings energy to the game and he speeds it up a lot more. But with a team like the Mavericks we have an advantage of running against them so we took advantage of that and it went well.”

*DeMarcus Cousins had 32 points and 19 rebounds, giving the Kings two 30-point scorers in the game. The last time two Kings scored 30 or more points in the same game was on Feb. 28, 2007, vs. Charlotte. Kevin Martin had 36 points and Mike Bibby had 30.

*The Kings had 21 turnovers. Nine of them by Cousins. Cousins leads the Kings with 61 turnovers this season, 3.4 per game.

*Shawn Marion on Cousins and Thomas:

“That little Isaiah and DeMarcus Cousins are a handful, that’s a hell of a duo right there. It’s just a matter of letting everyone let get going. We tried to make a run (to get) back in it but by that time they thought that that hoop was too big for them. They couldn’t miss. Once they feel like you can’t miss, there’s ain’t no coming back.”

*Remember when Rick Carlisle and Cousins exchanged not-so-pleasant words during a game in Dallas last season.

It was during the game when Cousins hit O.J. Mayo in the groin.

Here’s what Carlisle had to say about Cousins Monday night:

“He’s got it together. He’s played well against us before. He’s become a more polished player. The guy that killed us was (Derrick) Williams. He had his career-high everything tonight. He hasn’t made a three since he got traded here and he made three tonight. So he had a great night and we just didn’t have answers so it’s not our night.”

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