Mavericks win 17th straight at home against Kings

Mavericks win 17th straight at home against Kings
December 10, 2012, 11:12 pm
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Dallas Mavericks point guard Darren Collison (4) defends against Sacramento Kings' Jimmer Fredette (7) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)


DALLAS (AP) O.J. Mayo scored 19 points and the Dallas Mavericks took control with 31-3 run in the first half to win their 17th straight regular-season home game against Sacramento with a 119-96 victory over the Kings on Monday night.

Chris Kaman, playing on a sprained left ankle he suffered last week, scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half for Dallas.

Francisco Garcia, who was 7 of 12 from 3-point range, and DeMarcus Cousins scored 25 points apiece for the Kings, who haven't won in Dallas during the regular season since Feb. 27, 2003.

Mayo hit a jumper late in the first quarter to kick off the game-turning run for the Mavs, who led by as many as 28 in the first half and were up 65-43 at halftime.