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Bibby leads Kings to win in preseason opener

Oct 13, 2006 - 4:00 AM DALLAS (Ticker) -- Mike Bibby got the Sacramento Kings' preseason off to a flying start.

Bibby made all four of his 3-pointers en route to 19 points as the Kings opened their exhibition season with a 111-90 victory against the Dallas Mavericks.

The Kings scored the first nine points of the game, including back-to-back 3-pointers by Bibby. The 28-year-old point guard finished with 11 points in the first quarter as Sacramento took a 25-18 lead.

Corliss Williamson scored eight of his 14 points in the second period, making all four of his shots in the session to help Sacramento to a 49-41 halftime advantage.

The Kings opened the second half on a 16-3 run to take a 65-44 lead with 7:57 left in the third quarter. Bibby scored five points in the burst, while Ron Artest and Kenny Thomas contributed four points apiece.

Sacramento shot 47 percent (39-of-83) from the field, including 8-of-20 from beyond the arc. Bibby made 5-of-9 shots and added six assists. Artest chipped in 13 points despite missing his first seven shots.

Josh Howard scored all 14 of his points in the first half and first-round pick Maurice Ager also contributed 14 points for Dallas, which shot 40 percent (29-of-73).

The Mavericks played without stars Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry, both of whom watched from the bench in street clothes.

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