Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love, right, drives past Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki, from Germany, in the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 103-97. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Tony Dejak
October 19, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) J.R. Smith scored 19 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers avoided a winless preseason with a 103-97 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.

The Cavaliers, who have had several key players sidelined by injuries in training camp, end the exhibition season with a 1-6 record.

Kevin Love, playing his second preseason game after dislocating his left shoulder in last season's playoffs, scored 10 points with four rebounds in 23 minutes.

MAVERICKS: John Jenkins scored 26 points, but Dallas fell to 0-5. ... Dirk Nowitzki, also playing in his second preseason game, scored 13 points and had four rebounds in 23 minutes.

CAVALIERS: Matthew Dellavedova scored 13 points. ... Love scored six points in 13 minutes Sunday against Toronto.

STAR WATCH: Cavaliers coach David Blatt said LeBron James ''absolutely'' will be ready for the season opener. James, who got an anti-inflammatory shot in his back last week, didn't play in the final four preseason games.

QUOTABLE: Asked before the game about two winless teams playing each other, Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said, ''We haven't won a game and we'd like to win a game. Cleveland hasn't won a game. I'm sure they'd like to win one, too. As preseason games go, it's somewhat interesting.''

UP NEXT: Dallas hosts Phoenix on Wednesday. Cleveland doesn't play again until the season opener at Chicago on Oct. 27.

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