Smith Jr. sprains an­kle in Mavs’ win

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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. 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.

AP PHOTO/TODD KIRK­LAND

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.

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