Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 1)

Series starts 10/11

Game 1: Tuesday, October 11th

Mavericks 96

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Kings 83

(0-1, 0-1 home)

    Coverage: CSNS

    7:00 PM ET, October 11, 2005

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    DAL 30 28 19 1996
    SAC 17 27 24 1583

    Dallas 96, Sacramento 83

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Coach Avery Johnson saw nothing special in the Dallas Mavericks' exhibition victory -- and coach Rick Adelman didn't see much of anything he liked in the Sacramento Kings' loss.

    Marquis Daniels scored 18 points and Keith Van Horn had 12 before spraining his right thumb in the Mavericks' 96-83 win Tuesday night in both clubs' exhibition opener.

    Devin Harris had 14 points and five assists, and Dirk Nowitzki scored 13 points in 21 minutes as the Mavericks took a 15-point lead in the first half and held on after Sacramento cut it to five in the fourth quarter.

    Both clubs played their regulars deep into the final period -- but the game might have been decided early, when Dallas' starters outplayed Sacramento's starting five in the first quarter.

    "We've got to be better than that," Adelman said. "The guys came out and were very unaggressive. (Dallas) had more energy than we did. We've got to try to carry over what we're doing in practice into games. ... I think we're used to playing against each other, and we weren't aggressive enough. I was surprised."

    Van Horn, the ninth-year pro acquired by the Mavs from Milwaukee last winter, was 5-of-6 from the field before spraining his thumb during the second half. Johnson didn't think the injury was serious.

    "We had some good moments of team defense, but there's nothing really to get too excited about," Johnson said. "I thought the big guys really tried. They're making a conscious effort to improve."

    Bonzi Wells and Shareef Abdur-Rahim suited up in Sacramento for the first time since joining the club during the summer. Wells scored six points on 2-of-7 shooting, and Abdur-Rahim -- coming off the bench after Kenny Thomas started -- had 11 points and four assists.

    Abdur-Rahim and Jason Hart were the only Kings who got praise from Adelman.

    "I felt a little bit out of place in a couple of situations, but it's early, and that's what the preseason is for," Abdur-Rahim said.

    Both Abdur-Rahim and Wells were grateful for the chance to play for a perennial winner, and Adelman hopes they'll be part of a new defensive mentality for the Kings. But except for brief stretches in both halves, the Kings didn't play strong defense against the Mavs' up-tempo game.

    "Our defense is tied to our offense," said Mike Bibby, who had eight points. "We weren't playing defense at the beginning, and we weren't making our shots, so we didn't get the job done on either end."

    Brad Miller led the Kings with 12 points, and Thomas hit five straight shots to score 10. Jason Hart, the leading candidate to replace Bobby Jackson as Mike Bibby's backup point guard, scored six points and looked confident running the offense.

    Kings rookie Francisco Garcia missed his first NBA shot by 2 feet, but made a hustling defensive play on the other end. The 23rd overall draft pick finished with nine points.

    "You could see how nervous I was on that shot," Garcia said. "After that, I got it out of my system, and I was feeling pretty good. It was a great feeling just going against the guys you've been watching on TV."

    Though he didn't play, Doug Christie was on the court in Sacramento for the first time since the Kings traded him last season. Christie, who signed with Dallas after a disappointing stint in Orlando, wore street clothes on the Mavericks' bench, while his wife, Jackie, sat in the Kings' owners' seats across the court.

    Jason Terry also didn't dress for Dallas.

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