The Dallas Mavericks lost to the Denver Nuggets 107-106 Wednesday night at the American Airlines Center.
The Mavericks went on a 10-2 run late in the first quarter to go up 32-22, their largest lead of the game. The Nuggets responded with a 15-6 run to cut their deficit to 1 at 38-37. Dallas extended its lead to 7 early in the fourth quarter before the Nuggets went on an 11-3 run in the span of three minutes to take a 97-96 lead with 8 minutes remaining. Denver ended with a 6-0 run to close out the game. There were 10 ties in the game, along with 9 lead changes, but Denver never led by more than 2 points over the course of the game. Dallas failed to make 13 three-point field goals tonight, ending its NBA record of 15 consecutive games with 13+ made field goals.
Mavericks sophomore guard Luka Dončić recorded 27 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists in 37 minutes tonight. This is the third consecutive game that Dončić has posted 25+ points and 10+ assists. Wednesday’s game marks the eighth time in his young career that Dončić has finished 1 rebound or 1 assist shy of recording a triple-double.
Dallas center Dwight Powell finished with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Prior to missing a shot in the third quarter, Powell had made 13 consecutive field goals, 1 make shy of the franchise record (14). Mavericks guard Seth Curry came off the bench and connected on 6/10 field goals for 14 points. He was 2/4 from three-point range.
Maxi Kleber finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the Mavericks off the bench. Justin Jackson also came off the bench and added 8 points on 3/5 shooting.
Dallas guard Tim Hardaway Jr. ended the night with 15 points and 2 assists.
The Nuggets were led by Nikola Jokić, who recorded 33 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists after being held scoreless in the first quarter. Jokić has now recorded 30+ points in two consecutive performances after putting up a season-high 47 points in Atlanta on Monday. Jerami Grant added 15 points and 5 boards, while Jamal Murray finished with 14 points and 5 assists.
The attendance was 20,314. The Mavericks have now sold out 739 consecutive regular-season home games, which is an NBA-best sellout streak. The streak began on 12/15/01 and Dallas has sold out an additional 67 playoff games during that same stretch.
The next Mavericks game is vs. the Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 10 at 8:45 p.m. CT