The Dallas Mavericks took quality shots in this one, going 48-89 (53.9%) from the field, including 12-22 (54.5%) from three-point range, to beat the Denver Nuggets, 122-106. Dallas (42-28) picked up the win after falling to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.
Monta Ellis had another strong performance, putting up 26 points on 11-14 shooting, including 2-4 on 3-point attempts. Other top contributors for Dallas included Dirk Nowitzki with 21 points and 6 rebounds, Shawn Marion with 14 points and 7 rebounds, and Jose Calderon with 10 points and 6 assists. Despite the loss, J.J. Hickson put up 18 points off the bench for Denver on 8-12 shooting from the field and 2-9 from the free throw line. He also added 8 rebounds. Ty Lawson contributed 17 points and 9 assists and Anthony Randolph finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds.
Along with their eFG% of 60.7%, the Mavericks connected at a rate of 54.5% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 16-5 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Nuggets are 1-7 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
This ends a three-game winning streak for Denver (31-38) versus Dallas.
Coming up, the Mavericks play the Brooklyn Nets, who are 36-31 on the season. The Nuggets go up against the Washington Wizards, currently sitting at 35-33 this year. The Mavericks have a 0-1 record against Brooklyn this season. The Nuggets have a 1-0 record against Washington this season.