California’s capital city became the center of attention and the Dallas Mavericks took advantage despite angry protests outside the new Golden1 Center. When the Sacramento police shot and killed an unarmed black man on March 18, demonstrators kept Kings’ fans from entering the arena.
On that day, the Kings didn’t matter to a lot of Sacramentans. Human life was more important than a basketball game. While Sacramento was dealing with that, the Mavericks defeated the Kings, 103-97. Harrison Barnes dropped in 20 points with six assists and five rebounds. Rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. scored 19 points with six assists. The Mavs are a possible lottery pick and could land in the top 10 in this year’s NBA Draft.