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2019 Schedule
0-1, 3rd in Southwest
Ayton, Doncic make rookie debuts (0:53)
Nowitzki says Doncic will be fun to watch (1:44)

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Great example of the sensational feel and confidence Luka Doncic has: He grabbed a long defensive rebound late in the third and immediately pushed it, creating a quick layup for himself on the other end. No hesitation whatsoever — he just grabbed it and went.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton had the stronger first half in his debut against No. 3 pick Luka Doncic as his Phoenix Suns took a 56-46 lead over the Dallas Mavericks to the break. Ayton had 10 points, five rebounds and two assists in 15 minutes, knocking down a pair of midrange jumpers and finishing an and-one with the foul on Doncic. Doncic showed his court vision, handing out three assists to DeAndre Jordan, including a behind-the-back pass for a dunk. However, Doncic missed all three shots he attempted outside the paint.

Doncic drives past Booker for layup (0:20)

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

It's not hard to see what has the NBA world captivated by Luka Doncic's potential. The flash is what catches the eye, but he's completely under control and poised with the ball. It's almost as if he's been playing professionally at a very high level already.

Doncic eases to basket for first points (0:16)

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

After Philly's loss last night, teams that played preseason games in China are now 1-8 ATS and straight up in their regular-season opener, since the 2014-15 season. The Mavs are 1-point underdogs tonight in Phoenix.

Press Start: 2018 Australian & NZ NBA lineup (1:44)
Jordan slams the door on dunk (0:16)
Spalding cruses windmill dunk (0:28)
Doncic shows off all the skills (0:59)
Jordan crushes the rim (0:19)
Doncic feeds Smith who rocks the rim on alley-oop (0:22)
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6dTim MacMahon

Mavs' Nowitzki out weeks, to miss '18-19 start

Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki will miss multiple weeks while he continues to recover from April ankle surgery, according to coach Rick Carlisle. Nowitzki is expected to be out for several games to start the 2018-19 season.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki will not be ready for the Mavs' opener and will probably miss several games to start the season as he continues to rehab from April ankle surgery. "It's going to be multiple weeks," coach Rick Carlisle said. "He is doing better but has not done any significant court work."

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6dPaul Lukas

Uni Watch NBA season preview

Welcome to a new NBA season full of new looks, new courts and the full force of LockerVision.

Nación ESPN - The Latino Experience: J.J. Barea, an example of solidarity (1:31)

Marc J. Spears The Undefeated 

Suns guard Devin Booker (hand surgery) told ESPN's The Undefeated that he is still hopeful to play in the season-opener against Dallas on Oct. 17.

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Source: Mavericks fire accused photographer

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Friday that the league is aware of new allegations of sexual misconduct by the Mavericks' team photographer and will monitor how the team responds.

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Team Stats

Points Per Game100.0Tied-21st
Rebounds Per Game38.023rd
Assists Per Game28.0Tied-4th
Points Allowed121.023rd

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2018-1901.000
2017-182458.293
2016-173349.402
2015-164240.512
2014-155032.610