THE Dallas Mavericks offense was humming from the get-go in coasting to victory over the Denver Nuggets, 112-92, at the American Airlines Center on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time).
The Mavericks never trailed as Harrison Barnes led a 12-4 start midway through the first quarter then led by as much as 24 as Dallas went on a 13-2 run to close the second quarter to score a season-high 65 at the break compared to Denver’s 43.
Wes Matthews then uncorked three of his five triples in the third quarter to give Dallas its biggest lead at 28 points, 82-54, at the 4:48 mark of the period. Denver still trailed by 28 late in the fourth and only managed to cut the lead up down to 20 the rest of the way.
Six Dallas players scored in double figures led by Matthews with 25 points. Barnes added 18 while Deron Williams and Dorian Finney-Smith chipped in 17 and 13 markers, respectively. Justin Anderson and Seth Curry also combined for 21 points off the bench as the Mavericks moved up to a 6-18 record, in a three-way tie with Minnesota and Philadelphia for the league-worst card.
Nikola Jokic matched his career-high 27 points to go with 11 rebounds to lead Denver, who fell to 9-16. Emmanuel Mudiay added 17 markers, while Jamal Murray and Danilo Gallinari scored 15 and 12, respectively.