Sunday , Apr , 02 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Nowitzki, Mavs pound Nuggets to end skid

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki poured in 30 points and pulled
down 12 rebounds while Jason Terry added 21 points, as Dallas got back on the
winning track with a 103-79 victory over Denver at American Airlines Center.

Josh Howard contributed 20 points, including an 8-of-9 effort from the charity
stripe, and Jerry Stackhouse totaled 14 points for Dallas. Erick Dampier
posted a double-double off the bench with 10 points and 10 boards, as the
Mavericks halted a season-worst three-game losing skid.

Carmelo Anthony led the Nuggets with 25 points while Andre Miller and Ruben
Patterson each donated 14 points in the loss. Kenyon Martin and Marcus Camby
provided little frontline support, scoring just six and four points,
respectively, in Denver’s third loss in four games.

The second half belonged to the Mavericks, who dominated on both ends of the
floor after clinging to a 44-40 halftime edge.

Holding a 56-52 lead, Dallas surged to a 15-point advantage on the heels of an
impressive 17-6 run. A Stackhouse finger roll, four free throws by Nowitzki
and a layup by Dampier gave the Mavericks the first eight points to open a
64-52 edge.

Denver, which went just over four minutes without a field goal, finally
halted the scoreless stretch on Anthony’s layup with 4:20 remaining. The
Nuggets got no closer in the stanza.

Howard’s jumper beat the third-quarter buzzer to make the score 73-58.

The lead quickly ballooned to 22, 82-60, on Josh Powell’s mid-range jumper
with 9:12 to play, and the Mavericks cruised to victory from there.

Dallas dominated the opening period, using a 12-5 spurt to seize a 13-point
advantage. Terry’s jumper midway through the stretch made the score 19-10 and
the Arizona product’s streaking layup extended the advantage to 26-13 with 46
seconds remaining.

After Powell buried a jumper to make the score 31-18, the Nuggets ripped off
12 consecutive points to get within one. Five different Denver players scored
with Anthony’s layup cutting the deficit to 31-30 with 6:48 on the clock.

Dallas emphatically responded with an 11-0 burst to regain a comfortable
double-digit lead. Howard’s three-point play triggered the stretch and the
Wake Forest product drained a mid-range jumper to push the edge to 42-30 at
the 3:43 mark.

The game of bursts continued with Denver tallying the next 10 points. A jumper
by Anthony and a slam by Patterson capped the run with 1:26 to play.

Dallas held a 44-40 advantage at the half.

Game Notes

Dallas improved to 31-6 at home…Denver fell to 17-20 on the road…Dallas
won the season series 3-1…The Mavericks have also won five of the last six
meetings and 15 of 19…The Nuggets have lost three straight trips to
Dallas…Dallas held a 42-30 edge on the glass…Denver made only 4-of-16 from
beyond the arc…Dallas forward Keith Van Horn will miss 4-to-6 six weeks with
a broken right hand. The news added to a laundry list of injuries for the
Mavericks, as forwards Marquis Daniels and Adrian Griffin and guard Devin
Harris did not play against Denver.

DAL DEN