By MICHAEL WAGAMAN Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Marvin Bagley III had 22 points and 12 rebounds in his first game against fellow rookie star Luka Doncic, and the Sacramento Kings beat the Dallas Mavericks 116-100 on Thursday night.
Buddy Hield scored 11 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, and De’Aaron Fox added 15 points and nine assists for Sacramento. Willie Cauley-Stein had 10 points and 18 rebounds.
Former Kings forward Justin Jackson scored 19 points in his first start with Dallas. Dwight Powell added 14 points.
Two nights after blowing a 28-point, second-half lead in a 123-121 loss to Brooklyn, Sacramento built another big advantage against Dallas and held on in the fourth behind Bagley.
The second overall pick in the NBA draft, Bagley made a three-point play on a spinning layup to open the final period. Bagley later dunked off a short miss by Yogi Ferrell then made a pair of 3-pointers to stretch Sacramento’s led to 116-97.
It was the first time Bagley and Doncic, the third overall pick, played against each other. Bagley sat out the first game between the teams with a sore left knee.
Doncic, the front-runner for Rookie of the Year, had an uneven game with 13 points on 4-of-19 shooting. He added 10 rebounds.
Dallas has lost 15 of 17.
Both teams were sluggish for most of the first half until Barnes dunked to cap a fast break for Sacramento after Fox made a tremendous play to save the ball from going out of bounds. Fox then stole the ball near the Mavs’ 3-point line and drove in for another dunk.
The Kings led by 15 midway through the third but the Mavericks ended the period with three consecutive 3-pointers and pulled within 84-76.
Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki received a standing ovation from the Golden1 Center crowd when he checked in to the game in the first quarter. Nowitzki scored three points in 12 minutes.
Kings: Bagley’s double-double was his 14th this season. . Harry Giles bruised his left thigh in the first half and did not return. Giles was scoreless in eight minutes. … Cauley-Stein picked up a technical foul for hanging on the rim after dunking following a 360-degree spin move in the lane. . Hield made seven 3-pointers and needs three more to break the franchise record of 240 set by Peja Stojakovic in 2003-04.
Mavericks: Play at Golden State on Saturday.
Kings: Host Phoenix on Saturday.
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