Nuggets buck slow start to spoil NFL star Tony Romo's 'debut' with easy win over Mavs
Dirk Nowitzki may have outplayed Nikola Jokic but the Nuggets still dealt the Mavs their fifth straight loss. AP

WITH nothing to lose for both teams, the Dallas Mavericks had some fun in introducing retiring NFL star Tony Romo as a ceremonial player, and the Denver Nuggets played spoiler on Tuesday (Monday, Manila time).

The Nuggets overcame a slow start with a 23-9 second quarter surge and never looked back in a 109-91 romp over the Mavericks in Dallas.

Gary Harris led Denver’s attack in leading by 18 midway through the third, but Dallas stormed back and got within seven, 88-81, early in the fourth. But Harris came up big down the stretch with back-to-back baskets to cap an 8-0 finishing kick.

Harris finished with 20 points, including four triples, for the Nuggets (39-42) while Mason Plumlee and Malik Beasley came up with 16 apiece.

Dirk Nowitzki, who suggested the idea of playing Romo, led all scorers with 21 points. JJ Barea added 13 markers for the Mavericks (32-49), who are having their worst season since ending up 20-62 in 1997-98. 

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