NBA Game Summary - Denver at Dallas
(Thursday, December 6th)
Final Score: Denver 122, Dallas 109
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Allen Iverson followed up a sizzling 51-point performance against the Lakers by scoring 35 points, dishing out 12 assists and pocketing six steals to lead Denver past Dallas, 122-109, at American Airlines Center.
Carmelo Anthony and Linas Kleiza added 23 points apiece for the Nuggets, who snapped a five-game skid and won for just the second time in their last 20 trips to Dallas. Kenyon Martin chipped in with 18 points.
"I'm proud of the players the way they found a way to find energy," said Nuggets head coach George Karl. "I never thought the game could be as fast as it was but we found the energy to make it fast. A.I. [Iverson] just continues to play at a high level and I thought L.K. [Kleiza] gave us a great minutes and gave us the spirit of running up and down the court."
Dirk Nowitzki had 32 points and 12 rebounds for the Mavericks, who have dropped three of their past four contests. Jerry Stackhouse came off the bench to record 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Josh Howard had 20 points.
The Nuggets entered the final frame with a six-point advantage and quickly began to pull away.
After Devin Harris opened the frame with a layup, Denver rattled off nine straight points to take control. Eduardo Najera buried a three and Anthony Carter followed that with a lay-in to cap the run and give the Nuggets a 107-94 edge with 9:05 left.
The Mavs really couldn't sustain anything the rest of the way. Kleiza stuck a three, with 4:54 on the clock, to give Denver a 16-point edge, 118-102
The Nuggets coasted to the finish line from there.
The Nuggets raced out to a 39-32 edge after the opening 12 minutes and extended their advantage to eight points, 64-56, by intermission.
Denver continued to play frontrunner through three quarters, 98-92.
"I really don't think our problem was offensively," said Nowitzki. "I think we lost the game on defense. We gave up 122 points. It was a layup drill out there and they got whatever they wanted, they got open looks, they got offensive rebounds so at no point in the game I thought we could really stop them. Offensively we scored enough to win the game."
Dallas is now 8-2 as home this season...The Mavericks went 3-1 against Denver last season...Harris had 12 points for the Mavs...The 122 points by Denver was a season-high against Dallas.
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