113-106. Rookie Haliburton leads Kings’ win

Sacramento (USA), Apr 26 (EFE) .- Rookie point guard Tyrese Haliburton had a double-double of 14 points and 10 assists in his second consecutive start as a starter, in the position of De’Aaron Fox, leading scorer of the team, and led the Sacramento Kings to a 113-106 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

Center Richaun Holmes added 24 points as the Kings’ leading scorer in Game 2 since returning after missing five with a right hamstring strain.

Power forward Harrison Barnes scored 19 points and Bahamian guard Buddy Hield reached 16 points, including a decisive triple at the end of the fourth quarter.

Fox, the Kings’ starting point guard, is on the NBA’s covid-19 health and safety protocols and could be missing for up to two weeks.

Slovenian guard Luka Doncic had 24 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as the leader of the Mavericks, but in the end he could not avoid the defeat of the Dallas team (33-27), which continues to lead the Southeast Division and sixth in the Western Conference.

Doncic, who was in doubt before the game with a bruise on his left elbow, missed a free throw with 2:05 minutes remaining and the Mavericks lost by seven.

Guard Trey Burke and forward Tim Hardaway Jr. each scored 19 points for Dallas. The Mavericks had won three in a row, including back-to-back victories over the Lakers.

Latvian pivots Kristaps Porzingis stayed out for the second straight game with a sprained left ankle and guard JJ Reddick (right heel) also did not play.

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