The Mavs-Kings Talk In Quoteboard

The Kings are just a mess. But what might've been a routine thrashing of an outclassed opponent turned into a wire-to-wire nailbiter, a 105-103 Dallas win. The Mavs avoided the trap -- barely -- on the strength of a 15-4 run to end it. The streak is nine and the Mavs are on their way home to stay awhile. We'll make this fast. Quoteboard!

About the lopsided first quarter -- Sacramento outscored Dallas 37-28 . . .

"It was a disappointing start. It was our worst defensive quarter of the season, giving up 37 in the first." -Coach Rick Carlisle

"I thought that the group that started played fantastically well. We were moving the ball, we were hitting shots. we went toe to toe and got the better of a great team for most of the game." -Coach Paul Westphal

Regarding the fourth quarter and the final 15-4 scoring run . . .

We were not in a good defensive rhythm all night . . . but for five minutes in the fourth quarter we played Mavericks basketball. And that's what got us the win." -Jason Terry

"The last three or four minutes, it was basically pitching a shutout. Jason Kidd did a phenomenal defensive job on Evans, just taking him completely out of the game at the end. And Chandler covered the basket and the other guys made stops and we got the ball in the basket." -Coach Rick Carlisle

"There was about 1:15 left and I told the guys, ‘Look, from here on out, they don't score.' They ended up scoring one basket, but we did an excellent job of making it tough on them." -Tyson Chandler

"Do you want me to tell you what he really said? ‘Go night-night,' that's what he said. ‘Go night-night.'" -Jason Terry

And the final possession?

"At the end there we needed one stop. We talked about it in the timeout, 'Let's get one stop, whatever it takes, and then box out and get the rebound.' Dirk got his hands on the ball, his man drives, I rotate, get the steal. It's just like we draw it up in practice every day." -Jason Terry

"Demarcus caught it, looked for Tyreke, who wasn't open, made a strong move and hit me. I just wasn't able to finish." -Carl Landry

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