NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Denver 25 27 39 23 114
Dallas 30 21 23 30 104
5:30 PM PT6:30 PM MT7:30 PM CT8:30 PM ET1:30 GMT9:30 6:30 PM MST8:30 PM EST5:30 UAE (+1)02:3020:30 ET7:30 PM CTNaN:� , February 22, 2019
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas  Attendance: 20,382

Nuggets overtake Doncic-less Mavericks

According to STATS
According to STATS

Denver Nuggets at Dallas Mavericks

  1. The Mavericks have won seven of their last eight home games against the Nuggets dating back to the start of the 2014 calendar year.
  2. Due to various trades, 38.8 percent of the points scored by the Mavs this season are by players who are no longer on the team's roster. That's currently the second-highest percentage in the NBA (Grizzlies, 45.7).
  3. In the past 35 seasons, the only rookies to score more points prior to the All-Star break than Luka Doncic (1140) this season are Michael Jordan in 1984-85 (1345) and Blake Griffin in 2010-11 (1276).
  4. The Nuggets entered the All-Star break with a 39-18 (.684) record, their best pre All-Star break record since joining the NBA.
  5. Nikola Jokic and Larry Bird are the only two players in NBA history to average 16.0+ points, 9.0+ rebounds and 5.0+ assists per game for their careers (minimum 250 games played).
  6. Jamal Murray has a career record of 22-4 (.846) when scoring 25+ points in a game, the best career record by any active player when scoring 25+ points (minimum 25 games).

Playing on the road the first night back from a long All-Star break required the Denver Nuggets to slowly shake off some rust before drilling the Dallas Mavericks with a third-quarter barrage for a 114-104 victory Friday night.

Denver trailed for much of the first half against an outmanned Dallas team that played without rookie sensation Luka Doncic for just the third time this season. The 19-year-old was a surprise scratch before the game due to a sore right knee.

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said the injury is not serious and that Doncic would be listed as day-to-day. Dallas is back in action Saturday night at Utah.

Denver shot just 36.5 percent in the first half but slowly clawed back to take a 52-51 lead into the locker room. Once the third quarter started, the Nuggets were off to the races. An 8-0 start to the quarter became 20-8 and then 36-17 as they eventually scored 39 points in the quarter on 14-of-27 shooting for an insurmountable 91-74 lead.

The Nuggets ultimately received a balanced scoring attack. Nikola Jokic posted a team-high 19 points along with 13 rebounds and eight assists, while Paul Millsap had 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Isaiah Thomas, in just his second game back from a hip injury, had 16 points off the Denver bench, nailing four 3-pointers. Malik Beasley had 13 points, Jamal Murray and Mason Plumlee each had 12, and Will Barton scored 10.

The road victory was a big one for the Nuggets, who now head home for a three-game homestand against Western Conference foes all currently positioned in playoff slots, the Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, who are right on Denver's heels, and then the Jazz.

Dallas' offensive woes continued since trading away four of its starters.

Without Doncic to carry the scoring load, rookie guard Jalen Brunson, starting for Doncic, finished with a game-high and career-best 22 points, but he also committed six of Dallas' 15 turnovers. Reserve forward Dwight Powell had 20 points, while Dorian Finney-Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. each scored 13.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 22, 2019

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