Nowitzki, who has been bothered by a troublesome right knee, missed his second straight preseason game. The 11-time All-Star has had that knee drained twice over the past month.
The Mavericks scored 20 straight points in the third quarter to turn a halftime deficit into a 77-62 lead.
The San Antonio Spurs were in rare form in their demolition of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, but they refuse to rest on their Game 1 showing.
A disappointing 32-point loss for Oklahoma City in Game 1 of its series with San Antonio leaves the Thunder searching for answers.
When asked how he felt after Game 1 against the Spurs, Kevin Durant simply responds "I'm not telling you." When prodded a little more, he adds that they just need to move on to the next matchup instead of focusing on this one.