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Mavs relieved to get back in win column

1/11/2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Mavericks were relieved after pulling out a 117-112 overtime win over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.

“We had a feeling we were going to win in overtime,” Shawn Marion said. “We had the mindset that overtime was ours. We got stops and hit big shots.

"We're taking baby steps in the right direction. Hopefully we can start to crawl."

The win snapped the Mavs' four-game losing streak and gave them their first win in overtime this season after seven losses. They had tied an NBA record with their 10th straight overtime loss Saturday against the New Orleans Hornets.

Vince Carter scored 16 points of his 23 points in the second half, and O.J. Mayo had 18 of his team-high 24 points after halftime. The Mavs managed to rally from a 17-point deficit.

However, it was hardly pretty down the stretch. The Mavs blew a five-point lead in the final 58.1 seconds of overtime, including a mental blunder when they double-teamed DeMarcus Cousins in the paint and left Isaiah Thomas open on the wing for a tying 3-pointer that he banked in with 9.1 seconds remaining.

The Mavs committed missed clutch free throws and committed three turnovers in the overtime period, including one that an admittedly gassed Dirk Nowitzki joked he threw into the 12th row. Nevertheless, they pulled out the win, moving past the Kings for 12th place in the West standings.

"It almost looks like we’re making plays to lose," said Nowitzki, who had 17 points on 7-of-21 shooting in 40 minutes, his heaviest workload of the season. "We’re not making plays, ‘Let’s go ahead and win this.’ It almost looks like we’re hesitant.

"Hopefully with this win, all that’s gone. We got this win under our belt. We finally got the overtime streak over with, so hopefully that’s something that lifts us up and not down. We don’t want to seem like we’re playing not to lose instead of to win."