Lamar Odom came off the bench to score 10 points to lead the Mavericks in the first half. Dirk Nowitzki, Shawn Marion, Vince Carter and Brandan Wright all added eight points. Dallas hit just under 49 percent of its field goal attempts and recorded 13 assists on 19 made buckets.
Rudy Fernandez did all he could to keep the Nuggets in the game scoring 14 points in the first half. Al Harrington added seven points and Corey Brewer added six.
Both teams are missing key contributors with Jason Terry and Rodrigue Beaubois sitting this one out for the Mavericks while Nene and Danilo Galinari are out for the Nuggets.