DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks got what they seriously wanted --and needed -- Wednesday night.
A win in their last game before the All-Star break.
Vince Carter tallied 17 of his game-high 26 points in the third period and the Mavs went on to post a lopsided 123-100 victory over the Sacramento Kings at American Airlines Center. It was the Mavs' 18th straight regular season home win over the Kings, who may be moving to Seattle next season.
The Mavs will now take a 23-29 record into the All-Star break and won't play again until they host the Orlando Magic on Feb. 20.
Carter became the 11th player in NBA history to make at least 1,600 career three-pointers, and he did it in dazzling fashion. The 15-year veteran poured in 17 if the Mavs' final 21 points of the third period, including making 5-of-7 three-pointers in the third quarter.
Also for Dallas, Darren Collison collected 18 points and nine assists, Dirk Nowitzki finished with 17 points and eight rebounds, Jae Crowder scored 11, and OJ Mayo had 10 points.
Tyreke Evans led the Kings with 23 points and DeMarcus Cousins added 17 points and 13 boards.
The Mavs led 30-27 after the first period, 59-44 at the half and 92-77 after the third period.
Dallas shot 46.7 percent from the field, distributed 27 assists and outrebounded the Kings, 51-44.
-- Dwain Price
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