Kristaps Porzingis buried 25 points, Luka Doncic had 21 points and 12 assists, and the visiting Dallas Mavericks beat the Denver Nuggets, 116-103, on Saturday night, March 13 (Sunday, March 14, Manila time).
Josh Richardson finished with 20 points, Jalen Brunson scored 12 points and Dorian Finney-Smith had 11 for Dallas, which bounced back from a loss at Oklahoma City on Thursday night.
Neither Porzingis nor Doncic played in the loss at Oklahoma City.
Nikola Jokic was two rebounds shy of a triple-double, finishing with 26 points and 11 assists for Denver.
Will Barton and Michael Porter Jr scored 23 each and Jamal Murray had 10 points for the Nuggets, who had their winning streak stopped at 5 games.
Porter Jr overcame early foul trouble to score 17 of his points in the 4th quarter.
Denver scored the first 4 points of the 3rd quarter to get within 7 but the Mavericks started hitting three-pointers to build a big lead. Richardson had 3 of them in less than two minutes, the last one giving Dallas a 74-59 lead.
Porter and Barton tried to keep the Nuggets close with a couple from long range but Porzingis hit two three-pointers and Brunson had another to put the Mavericks ahead by 20. The teams traded triples to end the period, with Dallas leading 93-73 heading into the 4th.
Denver tried to make a run with Jokic on the bench, with Porter scoring their first 12 points. He opened with a dunk, made 3 free throws and hit two deep jumpers to get the Nuggets within 99-85.
Doncic hit two free throws to give the Mavericks an 18-point lead but Porter and Jokic each hit three-pointers to cut the lead back to 12.
Denver scored the first 10 points of the game but the Mavericks closed the 1st quarter on a 10-2 run to get within 29-28. They controlled the 2nd period, led by Doncic’s 10 points, and outscored the Nuggets 34-22 to take a 62-51 lead into intermission. – Rappler.com