The Denver Nuggets entered tonight's contest against the Dallas Mavericks as winners of two straight games, but it appears Dallas is intent on ending the modest streak before it gets any longer. After three quarters at the American Airlines Center, the defending champion Mavericks lead the Nuggets 83-54. Dallas broke the game wide open in the third quarter by outscoring the Nuggets 32-15.
Six Dallas players have already reached double-figures in scoring, led by 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists from forward Shawn Marion, who has been everywhere. Lamar Odom has 14 points for Dallas off the bench, while Vince Carter and Jason Kidd have each added 13 points. Dirk Nowitzki has 12 points.
Rudy Fernandez has 14 points to lead Denver. Al Harrington has added 13 points off the bench. Center Kosta Koufos leads all Nuggets starters with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
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