DALLAS (AP) — After a troublesome begin to the season, the Dallas Mavericks are beginning to discover their id with consecutive wire-to-wire wins.
Harrison Barnes scored 22 factors and Dennis Smith Jr. added 20 to steer six Mavericks in double figures as Dallas beat the brief-handed Denver Nuggets 122-one hundred and five Monday night time.
The Mavericks by no means trailed as soon as once more after beating the Clippers by 26 on Saturday. Dallas had its highest scoring recreation of the season and has gained 5 of eight since beginning 2-14.
“Our id simply occurs to be very gritty on protection and have one another’s backs, after which ball safety on offense,” Smith stated. “If we do each of these issues, we’re gonna win a variety of video games.”
Dallas did each on Monday, constructing a 25-level, first-half lead as they held Denver to 35 % capturing earlier than the break. And the Mavs had solely seven turnovers.
Will Barton led Denver with 23 factors, Jamal Murray added 22 and Gary Harris had 21.
Denver performed with out two-thirds of its beginning frontcourt as Paul Millsap (left wrist damage) and Nikola Jokic (sprained left ankle) remained out.
The Nuggets began the second half making their first six photographs and received inside 88-eighty on Barton’s three with 2:thirteen left within the third quarter. It was the primary time Denver had been inside single digits since trailing sixteen-eight early on.
“I feel we had sufficient fuel within the tank to return again, however the first quarter was such an enormous deficit on the street, it’s going to be very robust,” Murray stated.
Barnes hit an extended jumper to revive a ten-level lead, and Dallas maintained a double-digit lead all through the fourth quarter.
“We shot it nicely. We moved it nicely. We had low turnovers,” coach Rick Carlisle stated. “There have been lots of good issues.”
Dallas held its annual Seats for Troopers Night time, the place the staff’s season-ticket holders present their courtside seats to greater than one hundred wounded U.S. service members. Former president and first woman George W. and Laura Bush have been additionally in attendance. The Mavericks improved to eleven-2 in these video games since beginning the custom in 2004.
“Popping out of halftime I advised a few of them that I personally respect every little thing that they do,” Smith stated. “Their sacrifice — a few of the guys and ladies have been lacking limbs — they made sacrifices lots of people wouldn’t make. That was a bit of added motivation for everyone tonight.”
Denver fell to three-eight on the street towards 10-2 at residence as they started a six-recreation street journey.
“They hit us first and we hit again too late,” Murray stated. “We will’t afford that on the street.”
Nuggets: Kenneth Faried had thirteen factors and eleven rebounds, his fifth-straight double-determine scoring recreation whereas beginning instead of Millsap. … The Nuggets obtained beginning ahead Wilson Chandler again, however Chandler scored simply 4 factors in 27 minutes after lacking the final three video games with decrease again ache.
Mavericks: Yogi Ferrell scored 12 of his sixteen factors within the second half. Different Mavs scoring in double figures: Wesley Matthews (15), Devin Harris (14) and Dwight Powell (eleven).
Nuggets: At New Orleans on Wednesday night time. Denver scored an NBA season-excessive 146 in beating the Pelicans on Nov. 17.
Mavericks: At Boston on Wednesday night time to start out a 3-recreation journey. The Celtics beat the Mavs in extra time on Nov. 20.
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