Nuggets Vs. Mavericks: Denver Opens Season With 115-93 Victory Over Dallas

From start to finish the Denver Nuggets dominated the Dallas Mavericks for an Opening Night victory.

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Nuggets Vs. Mavericks Final Score: Denver Crushes Dallas, 115-93

The Denver Nuggets defeated the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, 115-93, to open the season. The Nuggets held a lead of 33 points late in the third quarter, clearly outclassing Dallas for much of the night.

Ty Lawson dominated the Mavericks from start to finish. He had a game-high 27 points (10-for-15), and finished with four rebounds, four assists and three steals to go with the points. Andre Miller came in off the bench and had an impressive return as a Nugget, scoring 18 points on 6-for-8 shooting. He rounded out his game with five rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block.

Al Harrington proved effective off the bench, scoring 12 of his 18 points between the final minutes of the first quarter and the opening minutes of the second.Danilo Gallinari and Arron Afflalo added 15 and 11 points, respectively. Eight of 11 players used in the game played at least 20 minutes, including 30 for Rudy Fernandez and 13 for Corey Brewer.

The Mavericks saw Dirk Nowitzki lead the team with 20 points while the team struggled to reach 42.1 percent from the field. They were outrebounded by the Nuggets, 47-37, as well. Fouls also hurt the Mavericks, sending the Nuggets to the line 34 times (79.4 percent).

The Nuggets return home on Wednesday for a contest against the Utah Jazz at the Pepsi Center.

For a full box score and more, visit our game page.

For more on this game, visit Nuggets blog Denver Stiffs and Mavericks blog Mavs Moneyball. To keep up with the new season, head over to SB Nation NBA.

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Nuggets Vs. Mavericks Halftime Score: Ty Lawson, Andre Miller Lead Denver To 69-42 Lead

The Denver Nuggets are halfway to beating the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, but halfway to anything matters little. The Nuggets will need to keep the pressure on and increase their 69-42 halftime lead.

Ty Lawson and Andre Miller combined for 35 points on 14-for-17 shooting. Lawson dropped 21 points to lead all Nuggets scorers while Miller added 14. Miller also pulled down five rebounds, dished the ball out for four assists, stole the ball twice and even blocked a shot.

Al Harrington dominate the end of the first quarter and the start of the second by scoring 14 points on 6-for-8 shooting (2-of-2 on threes). Danilo Gallinari was the only other Nuggets starter to reach double-digit points, adding 10.

After some rough shooting to begin the game, the Nuggets are 57.4 percent from the field. Dallas has struggled to hit 42.1 percent of its shots. Dirk Nowitzki is the leading scorer with 10 points, but he did have a small knee issue at one point in the half. Dallas' bench has just 19 points to the Nuggets' 32.

For more on this game, visit Nuggets blog Denver Stiffs and Mavericks blog Mavs Moneyball. To keep up with the new season, head over to SB Nation NBA.

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