SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 14 (AP) --
All-star forward Chris Webber
sprained his left ankle five minutes into the Sacramento Kings' 107-88 exhibition victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night and could be out 4-to-6 weeks.
Webber had to be helped off the court
The Kings said X-rays of the ankle were negative but Webber, who fell under Sacramento's basket and never returned to the game, had a high ankle sprain and could be out well past the Oct. 30 season opener.
Webber missed 10 games late last season with a sprained left ankle but the Kings said this was in a different spot.
"Missing Chris is a big hole. He's our best player," Kings center Vlade Divac said. "Hopefully, the team can come together like last year but you can't replace him. It will be a challenge to try." Peja Stojakovic
scored 21 points Sunday night as the Kings built a huge halftime lead and coasted to the victory.
Divac had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings (2-1), while Mike Bibby
scored 15 points and Bobby Jackson
added 13. Adrian Griffin
led Dallas (2-2) with 14 points, while Juwan Howard
and Khalid El-Amin
each had 12 and Greg Buckner
scored 10. The Mavericks played without leading scorer Dirk Nowitzki
, who has a sprained left ankle.
Sacramento ran off 13 straight points late in the second quarter and led 69-43 at halftime. The lead increased to 99-68 after three quarters.
The crowd of 17,317 was the first preseason sellout at Arco Arena in two years.