DALLAS(AP) -- Mike Bibby scored 19 points, eight during a 26-8
run to open the third quarter, and the Sacramento Kings went on to
a 111-90 preseason victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday
Ron Artest added 13 points and six rebounds for the Kings in
their exhibition opener.
Josh Howard and rookie Maurice Ager each had 14 points for the
Dallas shot 39.7 percent from the field and committed 22
turnovers against the pressure defense being implemented by new
Sacramento coach Eric Musselman.
Sacramento opened the game with nine straight points and led
25-18 after the first quarter. The Kings were in front 49-41 at
Bibby hit two 3-pointers to fuel Sacramento's 26-8 spurt,
helping the Kings build a 75-49 lead. Bibby converted all four
3-pointers he attempted.
Sacramento held an 83-63 lead after three quarters, and the
Kings were in command by as many as 32 points in the fourth quarter
as both teams cleared their benches.
Dallas guard Greg Buckner left the game in the first quarter
with a sprained left knee. He's listed as day-to-day.