Kristaps Porzingis scored 25 points, Luka Doncic had 21 points and 12 assists, and the visiting Dallas Mavericks defeated the Denver Nuggets 116-103 on Saturday night.
Josh Richardson finished on 20 points, Jalen Brunson scored 12 points and Dorian Finney-Smith had 11 for Dallas, which bounced back from a loss in Oklahoma City on Thursday night.
Neither Porzingis nor Doncic played in the Oklahoma City defeat.
Nikola Jokic was a rebound who shrank from a triple-double and ended up with 26 points and 11 assists for Denver. Will Barton and Michael Porter Jr. each scored 23 points and Jamal Murray had 10 points for the Nuggets, whose winning streak was halted after five games.
Porter Jr. overcame the early fouls and scored 17 of his points in the fourth quarter.
Denver scored the first four points of the third quarter to get within seven, but the Mavericks started hitting 3 points to build a big lead. Richardson had three of them in less than two minutes, the last putting Dallas in the lead at 74:59.
Porter and Barton tried to keep the nuggets tight with a pair from a great distance, but Porzingis hit two 3-pointers and Brunson had another to put the Mavericks ahead by 20. 73 heading to the fourth.
Denver attempted a run on the bench with Jokic, with Porter scoring the first 12 points. He opened with a dunk, made three 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 hit 3 points each to reduce the lead to 12.
Denver scored the first 10 points of the game, but the Mavericks finished the first quarter on a 10-2 run to get within 29-28. They controlled the second period, led by Doncic’s 10 points, beating the Nuggets 34-22 to take a 62-51 lead into the break.
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