After a tough start to the season, the Dallas Mavericks are starting to find their identity with consecutive wire-to-wire wins.
Harrison Barnes scored 22 points and Dennis Smith Jr. added 20 to lead six Mavericks in double figures as Dallas beat the short-handed Denver Nuggets 122-105 Monday night in the NBA.
The Mavericks never trailed once again after beating the Clippers by 26 on Saturday. Dallas had their highest scoring game of the season and won five of eight since starting 2-14.
Dallas built a 25-point, first-half lead as they held Denver to 35 percent shooting before the break. And the Mavs had only seven turnovers.
Will Barton led Denver with 23 points, Jamal Murray added 22 and Gary Harris had 21.
Denver played without two-thirds of their starting frontcourt as Paul Millsap (left wrist injury) and Nikola Jokic (sprained left ankle) remained out.
The Nuggets started the second half making their first six shots and got within 88-80 on Barton's 3 with 2:13 left in the third quarter. It was the first time Denver had been within single digits since trailing 16-8 early on.
Barnes hit a long jumper to restore a 10-point lead, and Dallas maintained a double-digit lead throughout the fourth quarter.-AP