Dallas Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks thrashed in Denver as preseason ends

Denver Nuggets guard Jameer Nelson, left, drives as Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes defends during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Denver.
Denver Nuggets guard Jameer Nelson, left, drives as Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes defends during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Denver. AP

The Dallas Mavericks fell behind by 18 points at halftime and were thumped for the second straight preseason game, losing to the Denver Nuggets 101-75 Friday night in the preseason finale.

Danilo Gallinari scored 16 points and didn’t miss a shot in 16 minutes for the Nuggets. Gallinari was 4 for 4 from the field, including 2 for 2 on 3-pointers, and 6 for 6 at the free throw line.

The Mavericks’ veterans again showed the effects of coming along slowly in training camp. Dirk Nowitzki scored only eight points and grabbed four rebounds in 29 minutes. Wesley Matthews scored 10 points and was the only Maverick in double figures. Harrison Barnes scored eight points on 4-of-9 shooting in 26 minutes.

Mavericks center Andrew Bogut had five fouls in the first half and was out early in the third quarter. Dallas shot 38 percent, including 24 percent on 3-pointers. Denver shot 51 percent.

Dallas trailed 51-33 at halftime. Bogut played 18 minutes in the first half and the other starters, Nowitzki, Matthews, Barnes and Deron Williams, played 19 minutes each.

Denver started the second half on a 7-0 run to build its lead to 58-33. The Nuggets had stretched it to a whopping 77-49 lead after three quarters.

Dallas was coming off a 106-91 drubbing at home in a preseason game Wednesday against the Houston Rockets.

Guard J.J. Barea, who suffered a left elbow injury in practice Tuesday, and forward Quincy Acy (sprained right foot) didn’t play.

The Mavs now look to cut their roster to 15 players before Monday’s deadline. Argentine forward Nicolas Brussino is expected to make the opening roster. Brussino’s contract became fully guaranteed Thursday, ESPN.com reported.

Dallas opens the regular season Wednesday night at Indiana. The home opener is Friday against the Rockets.

Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle injury) missed his third straight preseason game.

 

NUGGETS 101, MAVERICKS 75

Dallas

17

16

16

26

75

Denver

24

27

26

24

101

Dallas

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

F

Pt

Barnes

26:15

4-9

0-1

3

1

8

Nowitzki

28:51

3-8

1-2

4

2

8

Bogut

21:22

2-4

0-0

4

6

4

Matthews

24:07

4-8

2-2

1

3

10

D.Williams

24:07

4-10

0-0

1

3

8

Powell

19:53

2-8

3-4

1

2

7

Curry

18:53

3-6

2-2

1

0

8

Gibson

18:36

2-6

0-0

4

1

5

Brussino

17:14

3-3

0-1

3

1

8

Finney-Smith

12:00

1-4

0-0

1

2

3

Anderson

11:54

1-8

0-0

5

0

2

Mejri

6:31

0-1

2-2

0

1

2

D.Harris

5:17

0-2

0-0

0

0

0

Hammons

5:00

1-2

0-0

0

1

2

Totals

240:00

30-79

10-14

28

23

75

Percentages: FG .380, FT .714. 3-Point Goals: 5-21, .238 (Brussino 2-2, Nowitzki 1-1, Finney-Smith 1-2, Gibson 1-2, Curry 0-1, D.Harris 0-1, Barnes 0-2, Matthews 0-2, Anderson 0-3, D.Williams 0-5). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 16 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Powell 2, Anderson). Turnovers: 16 (Bogut 4, Nowitzki 3, D.Williams 2, Matthews 2, Anderson, Brussino, D.Harris, Gibson, Mejri). Steals: 5 (Barnes, Brussino, Curry, Gibson, Nowitzki).

Denver

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

F

Pt

Gallinari

15:59

4-4

6-6

2

2

16

Jokic

19:31

6-9

0-0

6

5

12

Nurkic

15:33

3-4

2-2

6

1

8

Barton

25:12

3-6

1-2

4

2

8

Nelson

22:04

1-5

0-0

1

1

3

Murray

22:23

2-11

0-0

3

2

5

Chandler

21:36

6-8

1-1

2

1

14

Faried

20:43

3-3

4-4

9

2

10

Beasley

20:07

5-10

1-1

3

2

11

Hernangomez

18:33

1-5

0-0

3

3

2

Stokes

14:51

3-5

2-2

6

2

8

Wolters

13:59

2-5

0-0

3

1

4

Hummel

9:29

0-1

0-0

1

1

0

Totals

240:00

39-76

17-18

49

25

101

Percentages: FG .513, FT .944. 3-Point Goals: 6-26, .231 (Gallinari 2-2, Chandler 1-2, Barton 1-3, Nelson 1-3, Murray 1-6, Hummel 0-1, Hernangomez 0-2, Jokic 0-2, Wolters 0-2, Beasley 0-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 21 (10 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Gallinari, Hernangomez, Nurkic, Stokes). Turnovers: 21 (Jokic 4, Murray 4, Barton 3, Hernangomez 3, Chandler 2, Gallinari 2, Faried, Nelson, Nurkic). Steals: 5 (Chandler, Faried, Hernangomez, Jokic, Nelson).

Att.—8,453 (19,155). T—2:13.

Officials—Jacyn Goble, Karl Lane, Bill Kennedy

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