The Kings lost 108-104 in overtime to the Mavericks at Sleep Train Arena on Tuesday and may have lost Rudy Gay as well.
Gay left the game after playing just over 10 minutes in the first quarter with what was originally reported as a left knee strain and did not return. He was taken to a local Kaiser Hospital for a precautionary MRI according to the Kings, and is currently listed as day-to-day with a left knee lateral joint capsule sprain, according team officials.
DeMarcus Cousins, who had a dominating performance of 32 points, 16 rebounds and 9 assists, fouled out with 21.7 seconds to go in regulation on a controversial offensive foul call.
Sacramento failed to finish it in regulation and couldn’t finish it overtime as well.
The Kings led 95-85 on a Derrick Williams alley-oop dunk via a Cousins assist with 4:11 remaining in the game.
Dallas tied the game at 99 on two free throws by Chandler with :33 seconds remaining in the game.
On the next possession, Cousins picked up an offensive foul with :21.7 seconds to go, ending the big man’s night.
Ellis missed a jumper at the regulation and the teams headed to the overtime session tied at 99.
Darren Collison’s two free throws with 1:37 to go in overtime put the Kings ahead 102-101.
However, Dallas responded outscoring the Kings 7-2 the rest of the way propelled by a Rajon Rondo 3-pointer and four free throws by Monta Ellis to secure the victory.
Ellis paced five Mavericks in double figures with 28 points along with Rajon Rondo (21), Tyson Chandler (16), Dirk Nowitzki (15) and Chandler Parsons (13).
Darren Collison added 18 points and seven rebounds while Carl Landry and Derrick Williams contributed 14 points and 12 points respectively for Sacramento off the bench.
Early on, the Kings trailed 20-13 but responded outscoring the Mavericks 20-9 over the remainder of the first stanza to take a 33-29 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Sacramento was outscored 31-30 in the second quarter maintaining a slim 63-60 lead heading into intermission.
Cousins had 20 points and Landry added 14 off the bench to lead Sacramento while Rondo scored all 12 of his points in the second stanza to lead Dallas.
The Mavericks outscored Sacramento 10-5 and took the lead, 70-68 on a Chandler dunk on an assist from Rondo with 7:39 to go in the third quarter.
Sacramento bounced back outscoring Dallas 15-10 to take an 83-80 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Kings (16-22) fall to 2-2 on the current six-game homestand and are 4-6 over their last 10 games.
By failing to defeat the Mavs after Sunday’s win over Cleveland, Sacramento missed an opportunity to win consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 22.
Dallas (27-12) snapped a two-game losing streak and has won seven of its last 10 games.
Monta Ellis led Dallas with 28 points and 10 assists plus hit four clutch free throws to close the game out.
Dallas outscoring the Kings 7-2 over the final of 1:27 of overtime to secure the win.
Kings – F - Rudy Gay left the game after playing just over 10 minutes in the first quarter with a left knee strain and did not return. G Ben McLemore was cut over the left eye in overtime. F Omri Casspi (left knee bone contusion), G Ramon Sessions (low back strain) and F Eric Moreland (left shoulder labral tear) were out.
Mavericks – None to report.
The Kings six-game homestand concludes with a back-to-back Friday and Saturday versus the Heat and the Clippers, respectively.