The Dallas Mavericks started fast and never looked back in an impressive win over the Denver Nuggets, 122-105.
Coming off a blowout victory against a depleted Los Angeles Clippers squad, the Mavericks looked to keep their offense rolling as another injured team, the Denver Nuggets came to town.
Tonight was also the coveted Seats For Soldiers night at the AAC. With the troops sitting court side, Dallas knew they had to put on a show, and that’s exactly what they did.
The Mavericks came out on fire in the opening frame, scoring a season-high 39 first quarter points. Barnes led the way with an early 10 points and five rebounds.
The second quarter continued in orderly fashion, as the Mavs didn’t let up one bit. Leading by as much as 25, the second quarter was exciting, filled with alley-oops and nifty passes, as Dallas took a 64-47 lead into halftime.
Dallas shot an efficient 56.8% in the first half. Barnes and DSJ led the way at the half as Barnes had 14 and six rebounds while the rook scored 11 points. Gary Harris and Jamal Murray’s sharp shooting led the way for the Nuggets with 11 points each.
In the second half, the Mavs held strong in a collective effort as Denver’s comeback fell short. The Nuggets cut into the lead several times but Dallas wouldn’t let up, giving them a 122-105 victory for their second straight win.
Committing only seven turnovers and shooting 57% from the field, Dallas played one of their most complete games of the season, along with 64 points in the paint and 54 points off the bench.
The Mavs had six players in double figures, led by Harrison Barnes’ 22 points and 10 rebounds. Dennis Smith Jr. got any shot he wanted all night, ending up with 20 points himself. Yogi led the bench unit with 16 points.
It was evident for Denver that they missed Paul Millsap and Nikola Jokic tonight. The Nuggets guard rotation took the reins as Will Barton continued his hot shooting with 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists. Jamal Murray scored 22 and Gary Harris knocked in 21.
The Mavs will take their two-game winning streak to Boston on Wednesday, who they battled with in an overtime loss two weeks ago.