DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris has been granted a leave of absence after his brother was killed in a car crash. A Dallas police statement said 38-year-old Bruce Harris died Thursday afternoon from injuries suffered in a crash. Police say Harris and another man were in a disabled vehicle when a car driven by a 23-year-old man slammed into it from behind. The car with Bruce Harris inside was set on fire. Devin Harris didn't practice on Thursday and wasn't with the team for the Mavericks' game against the Sacramento Kings on Friday. "I was with him yesterday and just encouraged him," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "He can take as long as he needs." Mavericks teammate J.J.
Boucek, 43, joins San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon as the lone full-time female assistant coaches. Boucek will be on the bench Friday night alongside coach Dave Joerger and the rest of the staff when the Kings visit the Dallas Mavericks.
The Houston Rockets will show off a new look, but one that won't include star point guard Chris Paul when they make their 2017-18 home debut against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night. Paul made a nice splash in his first game for the Rockets with 11 assists and four points in a national showcase road win over the championship-celebrating Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night. The Rockets announced Friday that Paul will not play in Saturday's home opener, and it was subsequently reported that he could miss two to four weeks rehabbing the injury he suffered banging knees with Memphis' Mario Chalmers on Oct. 11.
DALLAS (AP) -- George Hill scored 21 points and the Sacramento Kings beat the Dallas Mavericks 93-88 on Friday night for their first victory of the season. Buddy Hield and Zach Randolph each had 13 points, and rookie point guard De'Aaron Fox added nine points and 10 assists as the Kings bounced back from an opening loss to the Houston Rockets. Harrison Barnes scored 24 points, 16 in the fourth quarter, as Dallas lost back-to-back games to begin the season. Fox, the fifth overall selection in this year's draft, was expected to go to head-to-head with fellow rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. But that matchup was squashed when it was announced an hour before the game that Smith, the No. 9 pick,