SACRAMENTO (AP) — Monta Ellis scored six of his 28 points in overtime and added 10 assists, and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Sacramento Kings 108-104 on Tuesday night.
The Mavericks rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to avoid their first four-game losing streak of the season. Dallas was coming off two humbling losses to Detroit (118-105) and the Clippers (120-100).
DeMarcus Cousins, who fouled out late in the fourth quarter, had 32 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists for the Kings. Darren Collison had 18 points and seven rebounds,
Rajon Rondo broke out of a scoring slump with 21 points and seven assists for Dallas, which rallied from a 24-point deficit to beat the Kings on Nov. 11. Tyson Chandler had 16 points and 17 rebounds, Dirk Nowitzki scored 15 points and Chandler Parsons finished with 13.
Sacramento lost Rudy Gay, its second-leading scorer, late in the first quarter with a left knee strain. Gay, who is averaging nearly 21 points a game, had four points in 10 minutes.
Rondo erased a one-point deficit with a 3-pointer, giving Dallas the lead for good at 104-102. Ellis made four free throws from there to close it out.
With the game tied at 92, Cousins committed an offensive foul, his sixth, and slowly walked to the Kings bench with 21 seconds left as the Mavericks called timeout. Ellis missed a long jumper with a second left to send the game into overtime.
Dallas hasn’t dropped three consecutive games since last March.
Dallas: In a terrible shooting slump (7 of 37) the previous four games, Rondo got going following a scoreless first quarter. He had made 6 of 8 shots in the second and had 12 points.
Sacramento: This was the fourth of six straight home games for the Kings. The homestand concludes with consecutive games Friday (Miami) and Saturday (Clippers). . Hall of Fame baseball player Joe Morgan sat in a courtside seat next to Chris Mullin in the second half.