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Nowitzki scores 34 a night after All-Star nod, leads Mavs past struggling Kings 107-103

  • Sacramento Kings' Rudy Gay (8) drives past Dallas Mavericks' Jose Calderon (8) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Sacramento Kings' Rudy Gay (8) drives past Dallas Mavericks' Jose Calderon (8) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki (41) positions against Sacramento Kings' Quincy Acy for an opening to the basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki (41) positions against Sacramento Kings' Quincy Acy for an opening to the basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Sacramento Kings forward Quincy Acy (5) dunks over Dallas Mavericks' Monta Ellis, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Sacramento Kings forward Quincy Acy (5) dunks over Dallas Mavericks' Monta Ellis, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)  (The Associated Press)

Dirk Nowitzki scored 34 points and the Dallas Mavericks held off Sacramento 107-103 Friday night, handing the Kings their sixth straight loss in another game without leading scorer DeMarcus Cousins.

A night after being named an All-Star for the 12th time, Nowitzki helped the Mavericks rally in the fourth quarter after they squandered a double-digit lead in the first half and fell behind by 14 in the third.

Brandan Wright had his first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds, including a floater in the lane that put the Mavericks ahead for good at 96-94.

Rudy Gay scored 35 to lead the Kings, who have the worst record in the Western Conference (15-31) and were without Cousins for the fifth straight game because of a sprained left ankle.