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Postgame notes: Kings ‘beat themselves’ in loss to Mavericks

The Kings fell to 3-30 in games where they fail to score 100 points by dropping a 93-91 decision to the Dallas Mavericks Sunday at Sleep Train Arena.

Again, it was a case of the Kings not doing the little things well enough to win a low-scoring game.

Sacramento wasted a good defensive effort (Dallas shot 40.4 percent) by giving up 16 offensive rebounds, leading to 17 second-chance points.

Their defensive breakdowns defending the three-point line were evident again. Dallas shot 41.9 percent on threes (13 of 31).

And there there are the 21 points the Kings gave up on 13 turnovers.

They are the kind of problems that have cost the Kings all season.

Said Kings coach Michael Malone:

“It’s real simple. We’ve been in a lot of close games this year and we have to find a way to stop beating ourselves. You hold a very high powered offense to 93 points, 40 percent from the field, great defense. Now with that defense comes the responsibility of finishing off the possession with a rebound. We did an awful job of rebounding the ball tonight. They dominated us with 17 second-chance points. DeJuan Blair had six offensive in maybe 17 minutes of action. Shawn Marion had four offensive rebounds. Good defense yes. Poor rebounding and then offensively we didn’t turn the ball over a lot. Thirteen turnovers is actually very good over the course of the game but you can’t allow those 13 turnovers to translate into 21 points. Roughly half of their points came off of turnovers and offensive rebounds tonight and you’re not going to win close games when you do that to yourselves. Good teams don’t beat themselves and that’s the big step that we have to take. We have to stop beating ourselves and if somebody is going to come in here and win the game, make them win it don’t give it to them.”

More Malone:

“We’ve done an awful job of (defending the three-point line) the whole year. It’s funny we struggle to be a consistent team but we’ve been consistently poor in that area. Sometimes it’s just the lack of communication that’s breaking our rules of ‘no, we don’t leave strong-side shooters open.’ What did we do tonight? We give up a big three to Shawn Marion. Same play we made in Dallas. We lost to this team three times in a row by four points, by three points and by two points and you think about it. I think we could have beaten this team four times but we continue to make the same mistakes.”

• The Kings even had 21 assists on 36 made shots, a good rate for them. The Kings have had 20 or more assists just 33 times this season.

• Ray McCallum is piling up the minutes. He played all but 19 seconds Sunday.

McCallum extended his Sacramento rookie record streak with seven consecutive games playing 43 minutes or more, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

McCallum has totaled 318 minutes over that span, most in Sacramento history.

The most minutes logged by a rookie before McCallum over seven games was 294 by Lionel Simmons and Jason Williams.

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