Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/28/12
DALLAS -- Danilo Gallinari did it from deep and at the rim, scoring a career-high 39 points to lead the Denver Nuggets to an easy 106-85 victory over the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center on Friday night. The Nuggets (17-14) have played an NBA-high 21 away games without much success on enemy courts. Their fortunes changed against the slumping Mavericks, who have dropped eight of their past nine games. Denver has won seven of its past 10 games against Dallas, the latest being nearly a wire-to-wire rout. The Nuggets dominated from inside and beyond the arc while improving to 8-13 on the road. The Mavericks (12-18) lost their fifth game in a row, tied for their fourth-longest skid since Dirk Nowitzki entered the league in 1998-99. Nowitzki made his first home appearance this season, but it mattered little. Gallinari, a 6-foot-10 Italian forward, drilled 14 of 23 shots, including seven of 11 from 3-point territory. Andre Iguodala added 20 points, and three other Nuggets scored 11, including Kenneth Faried, who added 19 rebounds. O.J. Mayo (15 points) was the only Maverick with more than 12 points. Dallas shot 37.5 percent and was outrebounded 60-43. The Nuggets exploited their advantages inside at both ends of the court right from the start. Denver is the league's highest-scoring team in the paint, while Dallas is the worst rebounding team. That added up to a 21-8 lead before Nowitzki checked in midway through the first quarter. The Mavericks made a push, mainly behind Mayo, cutting the Denver lead to as little as 40-38 late in the second period. Denver finished the half strong, including a 5-0 run from Gallinari in the last six seconds. He drilled a 3-pointer, and after a steal off the subsequent inbounds, converted a rebound put-back at the buzzer. The Nuggets, up 55-47 at the break, enjoyed a 32-14 edge in points in the paint and 14-8 in fastbreak points in the first half. Gallinari had 15 points at intermission, with Faried adding 11 points and 14 boards. Mayo had 13 for Dallas. Denver's lead reached 25 in the second half as the Mavericks offered little resistance. NOTES: Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle doesn't have a specific timetable for when Nowitzki will be 100 percent and back to playing his normal amount of minutes. "It's going to take some time," Carlisle said. "I think it's going to be more than a week or 10 days, but we'll see. He's been working extremely hard. This is going to be a process and it's just not going to happen overnight." Nowitzki, playing in Dallas for the first time this season, has come off the bench in his three games. ... Denver sixth man Corey Brewer was a member of Dallas' 2011 NBA championship team. ... Mayo, the Mavs' leading scorer, came into Friday on his first extended slump since signing in Dallas. The ex-Memphis guard, suffering from the flu earlier this week, averaged 7.3 points on 25 percent shooting in the previous four games.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Johnny Bench(ed): Manziel demoted to third string

ACC schools find themselves in major financial trouble


New York Rangers are the richest team in the NHL

Magic laments potential record setting in Warriors vs. Lakers

Jets waive former first-round pick Quinton Coples


Harbaugh: Jabrill Peppers can be 'the Willie Mays of football'

Warriors interim coach Luke Walton's car stolen in Oakland

Ray Lewis: I would take Rex Ryan over Bill Belichick

Jameis Winston's reckoning

Bradford’s status for game on Thanksgiving ‘up in the air’

Johnny Manziel could be benched over partying video

Who has the edge: comparing current College Football Playoff outsiders

Rex Ryan on interference penalty: Would Bill Belichick have been flagged?

Examining the Mavericks' hot start

Tony Romo, Cam Newton say Greg Hardy is a good teammate

Report: Colin Kaepernick suffered ‘extensive’ labrum tear

Brian Dawkins rips the Philadelphia Eagles defense

Texans troll Darrelle Revis on Twitter

Lane Johnson criticizes Eagles fans, quickly backtracks

LeBron James: Stop with the player comparisons

Muhammad Wilkerson: Todd Bowles 'went off' on Jets

Mike Trout, four years in

Tom Brady on ‘Rex Ryan!’ line call: It’s ‘in the playbook’

Four teams with strong chance to win first-ever Super Bowl

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Examining the Mavericks' hot start

Johnny Bench(ed): Manziel demoted to third string

Mike Trout, four years in

Tom Brady on ‘Rex Ryan!’ line call: It’s ‘in the playbook’

Five NFL teams trending downward

Not so fast, USC: Eagles Chip Kelly buys Philly-area home

The five best hockey fights from Week 7

Bart Starr doesn’t remember Green Bay Packers career

WATCH: Did Mike Ditka really fart again?

WATCH: Tom Brady uses ‘Rex Ryan’ as audible call

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker