Rooke Smith Jr. sprains ankle in Mavericks' win over Hawks

Dallas Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell (11) looks to pass between Atlanta Hawks forward Ersan Ilyasova (7) and guard Malcolm Delaney (5) in the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)

Mavericks youngsters shine, Smith Jr. hurt in preseason win over Hawks

The Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks will face each other in both teams' regular-season opener next week. But Thursday's night's preseason matchup wasn't true a preview of that game.

Gian Clavell had 19 points, including five 3-pointers, and the visiting Mavericks beat the Hawks 108-94. Maxi Kleber added 16 points.

The Mavericks still have one final preseason game remaining on Friday night at Charlotte, so coach Rick Carlisle opted to rest Dirk Nowitzki and the rest of his projected starting unit. It was the Hawks' final exhibition outing, so Mike Budenholzer approached his rotation as he likely will during the regular season.

Kent Bazemore had a solid night, finishing with 20 points, six rebounds and five assists. But it was Dallas' youngsters that put on a show. The Mavericks led 31-19 after the first quarter.

Atlanta's starting group — Taurean Prince, Ersan Ilyasova, Dewayne Dedmon, Bazemore and Dennis Schroder — all played extended minutes.

It wasn't a spotless night for the Mavericks. Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. limped off the court in the first half with a sprained left ankle after getting tangled up with Schroder.

The ninth overall pick had nine points in 12 minutes before his injury. It was a continuation of his solid preseason production that started with an impressive Summer League. He was averaging 11.5 points, three assists and three rebounds through four preseason appearances.

This season is expected to largely a rebuilding year for both teams. Losing Smith for any extended period it would be a blow to a Mavericks team that is already without Seth Curry for an indefinite amount of time following his left tibia injury.

Curry's likely replacement, Yogi Ferrell, had a promising night with 11 points and five assists.

___

More NBA basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

Related News

Spieth turns in a beauty on a nasty day at British Open

Jul 21, 2017

With his short game and one long shot, Jordan Spieth seizes control in the British Open

LEADING OFF: Kershaw, Strasburg ailing; Cubs get boost

Jul 24, 2017

LEADING OFF: Kershaw, Strasburg ailing; Cubs get boost

Venus looking for 1st French Open title in 20th appearance

May 29, 2017

Making a record 20th appearance at Roland Garros, Venus Williams is looking to finally get her hands on the French Open trophy

You may also like these

Spieth turns in a beauty on a nasty day at British Open

Jul 21, 2017

With his short game and one long shot, Jordan Spieth seizes control in the British Open

LEADING OFF: Kershaw, Strasburg ailing; Cubs get boost

Jul 24, 2017

LEADING OFF: Kershaw, Strasburg ailing; Cubs get boost

Venus looking for 1st French Open title in 20th appearance

May 29, 2017

Making a record 20th appearance at Roland Garros, Venus Williams is looking to finally get her hands on the French Open trophy

Sukan360 is a proud Malaysian Sports website enthusiastic in our local players and bring Malaysian sports news first and foremost.

Contact us: sales@sukan360.com

Aquatics Archery Badminton Basketball Curling Cycling Fencing Field Hockey Football Gymnastics Hockey Soccer Table Tennis Tennis Weightlifting Press