NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, November 3rd (All times eastern)
Sacramento Kings (0-2) at Dallas Mavericks (1-1), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Dallas Mavericks play their home opener when they welcome the Sacramento Kings tonight to American Airlines Center.
Dallas, which lost last season's home opener to the San Antonio Spurs, opens a two-game homestand. On Friday, Joe Johnson scored 28 points, pulled down seven rebounds and made the go-ahead layup as the Atlanta Hawks opened their season with a surprising 101-94 win over the Dallas Mavericks at Philips Arena.
Reigning MVP Dirk Nowitzki ended with 28 points and eight boards for Dallas, which was coming off a 92-74 victory at Cleveland on Wednesday in its season opener. Point guard Devin Harris departed the game late in the second quarter with a left thigh contusion.
Harris is questionable for tonight's contest.
The Mavericks will host Yao Ming and Southwest Division-rival Houston on Monday.
Sacramento plays the finale of a season-opening three-game homestand. The Kings are 0-2 on the swing. Tim Duncan scored 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs used a stellar defensive effort to rout Sacramento, 96-80, and beat the Kings for a fifth straight time.
Kevin Martin led the way with 22 points in the loss for the Kings, who trailed by 27 points at the half. John Salmons tallied 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists for Sacramento, which was coming off a 104-90 season-opening road loss on Wednesday at New Orleans.
Last season, the Mavericks swept the season series from Sacramento, 4-0. The Mavericks have won five in a row overall over the Kings, who have lost seven straight after winning their last two at Dallas.
11/03 10:33:45 ET