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Mavericks lead wire-to-wire to beat Nuggets 122-105

DALLAS (AP) After a tough start to the season, the Dallas Mavericks are starting to find their identity with consecutive wire-to-wire wins.

Harrison Barnes scored 22 points and Dennis Smith Jr. added 20 to lead six Mavericks in double figures as Dallas beat the short-handed Denver Nuggets 122-105 Monday night.

The Mavericks never trailed once again after beating the Clippers by 26 on Saturday. Dallas had its highest scoring game of the season and has won five of eight since starting 2-14.

''Our identity just happens to be very gritty on defense and have each other's backs, and then ball security on offense,'' Smith said. ''If we do both of those things, we're gonna win a lot of games.''

Dallas did both on Monday, building a 25-point, first-half lead as they held Denver to 35 percent shooting before the break. And the Mavs had only seven turnovers.

Will Barton led Denver with 23 points, Jamal Murray added 22 and Gary Harris had 21.

Denver played without two-thirds of its starting frontcourt as Paul Millsap (left wrist injury) and Nikola Jokic (sprained left ankle) remained out.

The Nuggets started the second half making their first six shots and got within 88-80 on Barton's 3 with 2:13 left in the third quarter. It was the first time Denver had been within single digits since trailing 16-8 early on.

''I think we had enough gas in the tank to come back, but the first quarter was such a big deficit on the road, it's going to be very tough,'' Murray said.

Barnes hit a long jumper to restore a 10-point lead, and Dallas maintained a double-digit lead throughout the fourth quarter.

''We shot it well. We moved it well. We had low turnovers,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. ''There were a lot of good things.''

SOLDIERING ON

Dallas held its annual Seats for Soldiers Night, where the team's season-ticket holders provide their courtside seats to more than 100 wounded U.S. service members. Former president and first lady George W. and Laura Bush were also in attendance. The Mavericks improved to 11-2 in these games since starting the tradition in 2004.

''Coming out of halftime I told some of them that I personally appreciate everything that they do,'' Smith said. ''Their sacrifice - some of the guys and women were missing limbs - they made sacrifices a lot of people wouldn't make. That was a little added motivation for everybody tonight.''

ROAD WOES

Denver fell to 3-8 on the road against 10-2 at home as they began a six-game road trip.

''They hit us first and we hit back too late,'' Murray said. ''We can't afford that on the road.''

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Kenneth Faried had 13 points and 11 rebounds, his fifth-straight double-figure scoring game while starting in place of Millsap. ... The Nuggets got starting forward Wilson Chandler back, but Chandler scored just four points in 27 minutes after missing the last three games with lower back pain.

Mavericks: Yogi Ferrell scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half. Other Mavs scoring in double figures: Wesley Matthews (15), Devin Harris (14) and Dwight Powell (11).

UP NEXT

Nuggets: At New Orleans on Wednesday night. Denver scored an NBA season-high 146 in beating the Pelicans on Nov. 17.

Mavericks: At Boston on Wednesday night to start a three-game trip. The Celtics beat the Mavs in overtime on Nov. 20.

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Key Players
W. Barton
5 G
H. Barnes
40 F
35.2 Min. Per Game 35.2
18.3 Pts. Per Game 18.3
2.0 Ast. Per Game 2.0
7.5 Reb. Per Game 7.5
47.5 Field Goal % 43.5
48.1 Three Point % 43.2
70.3 Free Throw % 83.8
  Defensive rebound by Dwight Powell 0:17
  Kenneth Faried missed jump shot 0:20
+ 2 Yogi Ferrell made floating jump shot 0:38
  Defensive rebound by Yogi Ferrell 0:56
  Juan Hernangomez missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:58
  Defensive rebound by Malik Beasley 1:05
  Harrison Barnes missed jump shot 1:08
+ 1 Jamal Murray made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:23
+ 1 Jamal Murray made 1st of 2 free throws 1:23
  Shooting foul on Dwight Powell 1:23
+ 3 Yogi Ferrell made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dwight Powell 1:31
Team Stats
Points 105 122
Field Goals 38-91 (41.8%) 49-86 (57.0%)
3-Pointers 14-36 (38.9%) 12-26 (46.2%)
Free Throws 15-23 (65.2%) 12-17 (70.6%)
Total Rebounds 56 47
Offensive 15 5
Defensive 34 37
Team 7 5
Assists 25 26
Steals 5 4
Blocks 5 6
Turnovers 7 7
Fouls 19 18
Technicals 0 0
away team logo
W. Barton G 5
23 PTS, 8 REB, 6 AST
home team logo
H. Barnes F 40
22 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Nuggets 13-10 23243523105
home team logo Mavericks 7-1739252929122
Team Stats
away team logoNuggets 13-10 107.5 PPG 45 RPG 23.2 APG
home team logoMavericks 7-17 99.9 PPG 42 RPG 21.2 APG
Key Players
W. Barton G 15.6 PPG 5.3 RPG 3.5 APG 46.8 FG%
H. Barnes F 18.4 PPG 7.4 RPG 2.0 APG 44.3 FG%
Top Scorers
W. Barton G 23 PTS 8 REB 6 AST
H. Barnes F 22 PTS 10 REB 3 AST
41.8 FG% 57.0
38.9 3PT FG% 46.2
65.2 FT% 70.6
Nuggets
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Murray 28 22 0 0 1 1 0 2 7/12 4/8 4/4 0 0 24 -12
G. Harris 42 21 3 4 3 0 1 3 7/17 3/8 4/4 0 3 34 -2
K. Faried 27 13 11 2 0 0 0 2 6/13 0/1 1/2 6 5 28 -14
W. Chandler 27 4 7 3 0 0 1 0 1/11 0/4 2/2 3 4 16 -4
M. Plumlee 19 3 7 4 0 1 2 1 1/2 0/0 1/6 2 5 17 -12
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Murray 28 22 0 0 1 1 0 2 7/12 4/8 4/4 0 0 24 -12
G. Harris 42 21 3 4 3 0 1 3 7/17 3/8 4/4 0 3 34 -2
K. Faried 27 13 11 2 0 0 0 2 6/13 0/1 1/2 6 5 28 -14
W. Chandler 27 4 7 3 0 0 1 0 1/11 0/4 2/2 3 4 16 -4
M. Plumlee 19 3 7 4 0 1 2 1 1/2 0/0 1/6 2 5 17 -12
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
W. Barton 41 23 8 6 1 0 0 5 9/20 4/6 1/3 2 6 44 -1
T. Lyles 15 7 6 2 0 2 0 2 3/5 1/2 0/0 1 5 19 -7
E. Mudiay 15 5 2 3 0 0 1 1 2/6 1/3 0/0 0 2 12 -12
J. Hernangomez 11 5 2 1 0 0 1 3 2/4 1/3 0/0 0 2 8 -14
M. Beasley 7 2 3 0 0 1 1 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 1 2 5 +2
R. Jefferson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 -9
P. Millsap - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Arthur - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Jokic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Lydon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Morris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Craig - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 105 49 25 5 5 7 19 38/91 14/36 15/23 15 34 207 -85
Mavericks
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
H. Barnes 36 22 10 3 0 0 1 1 9/18 1/2 3/3 0 10 37 +9
D. Smith Jr. 30 20 5 3 0 0 3 2 9/16 2/4 0/0 2 3 28 +4
W. Matthews 33 15 1 2 0 1 0 3 5/10 3/8 2/3 0 1 21 +12
D. Nowitzki 20 9 6 2 0 0 0 1 2/6 1/2 4/4 0 6 19 +12
M. Kleber 19 2 5 1 0 1 0 4 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 4 10 +5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
H. Barnes 36 22 10 3 0 0 1 1 9/18 1/2 3/3 0 10 37 +9
D. Smith Jr. 30 20 5 3 0 0 3 2 9/16 2/4 0/0 2 3 28 +4
W. Matthews 33 15 1 2 0 1 0 3 5/10 3/8 2/3 0 1 21 +12
D. Nowitzki 20 9 6 2 0 0 0 1 2/6 1/2 4/4 0 6 19 +12
M. Kleber 19 2 5 1 0 1 0 4 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 4 10 +5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
Y. Ferrell 25 16 2 1 1 0 1 1 7/9 1/2 1/1 0 2 20 +6
D. Harris 22 14 1 2 1 2 1 2 5/8 3/4 1/3 0 1 21 +10
D. Powell 23 11 7 3 0 1 0 2 5/6 0/0 1/3 2 5 25 +13
J. Barea 19 7 2 9 2 0 1 1 3/9 1/4 0/0 0 2 28 +11
S. Mejri 9 6 3 0 0 1 0 1 3/3 0/0 0/0 0 3 10 +3
J. McRoberts - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Noel - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Withey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Curry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Motley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Cleveland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Finney-Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 122 42 26 4 6 7 18 49/86 12/26 12/17 5 37 219 +85