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NBA Game Summary - Denver at Dallas

(Sunday, April 2nd)

Final Score: Dallas 103, Denver 79

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki poured in 30 points and pulled down 12 rebounds while Jason Terry added 21 points, as Dallas got back on the winning track with a 103-79 victory over Denver at American Airlines Center.

Josh Howard contributed 20 points, including an 8-of-9 effort from the charity stripe, and Jerry Stackhouse totaled 14 points for Dallas. Erick Dampier posted a double-double off the bench with 10 points and 10 boards, as the Mavericks halted a season-worst three-game losing skid.

"We did some things to clean up and get back to the basics of closeouts, foot position, body position and checking off, just a lot of the things we had been doing for the better part of the season," said Dallas head coach Avery Johnson. "I'm so happy we went through that little period that we went through because it seems to have brought our team closer together."

Carmelo Anthony led the Nuggets with 25 points while Andre Miller and Ruben Patterson each donated 14 points in the loss. Kenyon Martin and Marcus Camby provided little frontline support, scoring just six and four points, respectively, in Denver's third loss in four games.

"We never got offensively into the game," said Nuggets head coach George Karl. "Our offense just lacks energy on the road. You have to have some confidence to score points."

The second half belonged to the Mavericks, who dominated on both ends of the floor after clinging to a 44-40 halftime edge.

Holding a 56-52 lead, Dallas surged to a 15-point advantage on the heels of an impressive 17-6 run. A Stackhouse finger roll, four free throws by Nowitzki and a layup by Dampier gave the Mavericks the first eight points to open a 64-52 edge.

Denver, which went just over four minutes without a field goal, finally halted the scoreless stretch on Anthony's layup with 4:20 remaining. The Nuggets got no closer in the stanza.

Howard's jumper beat the third-quarter buzzer to make the score 73-58.

The lead quickly ballooned to 22, 82-60, on Josh Powell's mid-range jumper with 9:12 to play, and the Mavericks cruised to victory from there.

Dallas dominated the opening period, using a 12-5 spurt to seize a 13-point advantage. Terry's jumper midway through the stretch made the score 19-10 and the Arizona product's streaking layup extended the advantage to 26-13 with 46 seconds remaining.

After Powell buried a jumper to make the score 31-18, the Nuggets ripped off 12 consecutive points to get within one. Five different Denver players scored with Anthony's layup cutting the deficit to 31-30 with 6:48 on the clock.

Dallas emphatically responded with an 11-0 burst to regain a comfortable double-digit lead. Howard's three-point play triggered the stretch and the Wake Forest product drained a mid-range jumper to push the edge to 42-30 at the 3:43 mark.

The game of bursts continued with Denver tallying the next 10 points. A jumper by Anthony and a slam by Patterson capped the run with 1:26 to play.

Dallas held a 44-40 advantage at the half.

Game Notes

Dallas improved to 31-6 at home...Denver fell to 17-20 on the road...Dallas won the season series 3-1...The Mavericks have also won five of the last six meetings and 15 of 19...The Nuggets have lost three straight trips to Dallas...Dallas held a 42-30 edge on the glass...Denver made only 4-of-16 from beyond the arc...Dallas forward Keith Van Horn will miss 4-to-6 six weeks with a broken right hand. The news added to a laundry list of injuries for the Mavericks, as forwards Marquis Daniels and Adrian Griffin and guard Devin Harris did not play against Denver.

04/02 19:09:06 ET

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