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NBA Game Summary - Denver at Dallas



(Monday, March 29th)

Final Score: Dallas 109, Denver 93

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki recorded the second triple-double of his career, notching 34 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as Dallas posted a thorough 109-93 drubbing of Denver in a battle of Western Conference powers.

Shawn Marion chipped in 21 points, while Jason Terry scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter for the Mavericks, whose three wins over the last four games have catapulted them into second place in the West, a half-game ahead of Utah.

Jason Kidd finished with eight points, 10 assists and six boards for the victors, who shot 12-of-22 from behind the arc in the rout.

The Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony had 10 points on a woeful 3-of-16 shooting effort and appeared to limp into the locker room late in the fourth quarter.

"Everybody that plays against Carmelo [is] going to double-team him," said Nuggets assistant coach Adrian Dantley. "He struggled a little bit today. I can't remember him having a game like this. It's been a long, long time when he had a game like this."

J.R. Smith netted 27 points in the loss, Denver's fifth in six games.

The recent struggles have dropped the Nuggets from the top of the Northwest Division, as Utah currently holds a one-game lead over Denver after beating New York on Monday.

Dallas scored nine straight in the early going, and back-to-back Marion buckets put the hosts on top 13-4 less than five minutes in.

The Mavs led 31-23 after 12 minutes and went into halftime on top 55-46.

Another strong start out of the break saw the Mavs take a 68-51 advantage, as two Kidd free throws capped an 11-3 run with 7 1/2 minutes left in the frame.

Smith kept the Nuggets relatively close, hitting a late three to get within 79-69 heading to the fourth, and then a runner to cut it to 82-75 with just over 10 minutes left.

Terry then scored eight points on a 15-4 flurry to put the game away, as Brendan Haywood's putback of a Kidd miss provided a healthy 97-79 cushion with under six minutes left that was more than enough for the win.

"It was an extra-pass game, guys were moving it and doing the right things at both ends and were helping defensively," Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said. "It is a win we needed real badly and I am really happy for the guys."

Game Notes

Dallas won the season series, 2-1...Denver is now 5-7 with Dantley running the show in place of George Karl, who continues to undergo treatment for neck and throat cancer...On his 31st point of the game, Nowitzki passed Hall of Famer Bob Pettit (20,880) for 28th of the all-time NBA scoring list...Haywood and Caron Butler each scored 10 points to go with seven rebounds for Dallas...Nene ended with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Chauncey Billups had 11 points on 3-of-14 shooting.

03/30 00:49:25 ET


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