The Dallas basketball players, who were missing several players in addition to Luka Dončić, played the first preparatory game before the start of the season in the NBA League. They beat Oklahoma 98-96 in Tulsa.
Even before the trip to Tulsa, coach Jason Kidd hinted that some key players will stay at home. In the end, Dončić stayed in Dallas, along with Tim Hardaway Jr. and Maxi Kleber. Davis Bertans and JaVale McGee did not play due to injuries.
The first name of the game was freshman Jaden Hardy, who registered 21 points on 8/16 shooting (4/9 three-pointers) in 24 minutes. New Mavericks center Christian Wood, fresh from Houston, had 16 points and 13 rebounds. Dwight Powell (13) also scored in double figures.
Dallas will play two more preseason games before the season begins on the night of October 18-19. First against Orlando on Friday night and then against Utah on October 15th.