There were two preseason games in the NBA last night, with the Los Angeles Clippers and the Dallas Mavericks claiming victories.
Clippers show worth against Kings
The LA Clippers are a work in progress after trading Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets. However, the 104-87 win over the Sacramento Kings shows that Doc Rivers’ troops are bedding in together pretty well. Blake Griffin is the key component for success this season and he didn’t disappoint in this one. Griffin scored 18 points, grabbed four rebounds and passed four assists. DeAndre Jordan was back to his double-double best with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Wesley Johnson started the contest to score 16 points and claim five rebounds. Lou Williams scored 14 points and dished four assists and Tyrone Williams ended the game with 16 points.
The Kings were led by veteran Zach Randolph who scored 14 points and pulled down four rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic, Garrett Temple and Frank Mason all scored 13 points each. Buddy Hield ended the game with 12 points and Kosta Koufas grabbed 10 rebounds in the loss in the City of Angels.
Mavericks stomp Hawks in Atlanta
The Dallas Mavericks beat the Atlanta Hawks 108-94 in Georgia with Gian Clavell the leading scorer for the team from Texas. Rookie Clavell scored 19 points, claimed five rebounds and dished five helpers to teammates. Another new face, German Maxi Kleber, scored 16 points, going 4-of-8 from 3-point range. PJ Dozier ended with 14 points off the bench. Both Dwight Powell and Yogi Ferrell finished with 11 points in the contenst. Dennis Smith Jr played 12 minutes—scoring nine points—before picking up an injury that ended his game. Tunisian Salah Mejri played close to eight minutes for the Mavs, blocking two shots, grabbing a rebound and passing an assist.
Kent Bazemore was the star player for the Hawks as he had the game’s high score with 20 points. Taurean Prince was the only other double-digit scorer with 11 points. Dewayne Dedmon had seven points, but grabbed 10 boards. Gambian-German guard Dennis Schroder scored nine points.
By Cyrus Rogers
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