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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Monta Ellis scored eight of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and the Dallas Mavericks kept their playoff position with their third straight win, a 93-91 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.

The Mavericks won for the fourth time in five games to maintain seventh place in the Western Conference. It was Dallas' fifth straight road win.

Rudy Gay had 32 points and tied a career high with eight assists for the Kings, and DeMarcus Cousins added 28 points and 10 rebounds.

The Kings played their sixth straight game without starting point guard Isaiah Thomas (right quadriceps contusion), who is averaging 20.7 points and 6.4 assists per game.

Vince Carter scored 17 points and Dirk Nowitzki had 15 points on 5-of-17 shooting for Dallas.

Sacramento Kings coach Michael Malone discusses the last attempts by his team to tie the game, his timeout strategy and the defensive effort in Sunday's 93-91 loss to the Dallas Mavericks News10/KXTV

Sacramento Kings' small forward Rudy Gay talks about the decision making down the stretch in Sunday's loss to Dallas, being the coach's option for the final shot and his UConn Huskies in the National Championship game on Monday. News10/KXTV

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins talks about his last shot attempt to tie the game and the season's matchup against the Dallas Mavericks, following Sunday 93-91 loss. News10/KXTV

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