Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Ty Lawson netted 17 of his 20 points in the
first quarter and six Nuggets reached double figures in Denver's 115-110 win
over the Dallas Mavericks from Pepsi Center.
Wilson Chandler paced Denver with 21 points while J.J. Hickson, Kenneth Faried
and Randy Foye all had 16 in the triumph. Darrell Arthur scored 10 points off
the bench, as the Nuggets snapped their six-game losing skid.
"It felt great to get the win. It's only one win, but I'll take it. Hopefully
we can build on it and finish the season strong," said Hickson.
Dirk Nowitzki shot 13-of-20 for 27 points, but Dallas suffered its third
straight defeat for the first time this season. Brandan Wright and Vince
Carter tallied 18 and 17 points, respectively, in reserve roles, and Monta
Ellis scored 16.
"I take full responsibility for this loss. At the beginning of the game we
weren't into it and it was my mistake," said Mavs coach Rick Carlisle. "I
should have subbed all the guys out of the game that were in there that gave
up 12 points in three and a half minutes, or whatever it was. Not doing that
was my mistake."
The Nuggets hit 5-of-7 from distance and 14-of-15 from the charity stripe in
the first quarter. Denver led by as many as 17 and owned a 41-34 edge after 12
Aaron Brooks put the finishing touches on an 11-0 second quarter surge for the
Nuggets with back-to-back layups that pushed the spread to 59-40. Foye's
triple 26.9 ticks before intermission gave the home team a 68-51 margin at the
Denver stumbled a bit in the third, potting just four field goals on 26
attempts. Nowitzki had five buckets himself in the frame, and Dallas doubled
Denver's output to head into the final period down just 79-73.
Hickson scored six points during a 16-2 run to start the fourth as Denver
regained control. Hickson's two-handed slam from Fournier pushed the spread to
20 points at 95-75, and the Nuggets cruised from there.
Denver improved to 3-0 against the Mavericks this season ... The Nuggets
had lost five straight at home ... Lawson had seven assists and six rebounds
... Shawn Marion had 15 points for Dallas ... Devin Harris handed out 11
assists for Dallas.
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