DALLAS — Daniel Gibson scored 15 points and rookie Manny Harris added 14 to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 85-79 preseason victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.
Ramon Sessions had 12 points and five assists for the Cavaliers (3-1).
Dirk Nowitzki’s 13 points paced the Mavericks (1-3), who used 14 players.
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Cavaliers coach Byron Scott got 13 players into the game as he tries different lineups while the team adjusts following the offseason departure of LeBron James.
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle was back on the bench three days after collapsing at a team practice. He was hospitalized following a fainting spell during Friday’s team workout and missed Saturday night’s outdoor game against Phoenix in California.
The 50-year-old Carlisle rested over the weekend, and was back for Monday’s shootaround. He insisted he experienced no ill effects from the episode.
Leon Powe’s baseline drive and layup with 2:56 remaining gave Cleveland the lead for good at 79-77. Powe’s fastbreak layup with 56.6 seconds left extended the Cavaliers’ lead to 84-79.
The teams were even at 62 entering the final quarter after Dallas held a 46-45 halftime lead.
- The Cavaliers were without guard Mo Williams (right groin) and centers Loren Woods (left Achilles’ tendinitis) and Anderson Varejao (recently returned from excused absence). All three are working out in Cleveland.
- Dallas guard Roddy Beaubois is back in a walking boot after experiencing swelling in his surgically repaired right foot over the weekend. Beaubois fractured the fifth metatarsal during the offseason, but had shown progress in his rehab and had been allowed to shed the boot about two weeks ago.