Nowitzki, who has been bothered by a troublesome right knee, missed his second straight preseason game. The 11-time All-Star has had that knee drained twice over the past month.
The Mavericks scored 20 straight points in the third quarter to turn a halftime deficit into a 77-62 lead.
Stephen A. Smith believes that if Thunder forward Kevin Durant leaves Oklahoma City and signs with the Heat, then Miami would be a lock to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA finals.
Atlanta's offense might not be as sharp as a year ago, but its defense is improved and ready to take on the challenge from LeBron James and Cleveland.
In light of Sacramento interviewing David Blatt for its coaching vacancy, Tom Penn examines the dysfunctional Kings and says whoever the team hires, the coach will have to deal with DeMarcus Cousins.