Without Brendan Haywood and Shawn Marion in the line-up, Dallas dominated the game from the jump, winning every single quarter.
The story of the game was the Mavericks offense, as the team crisply moved the ball around the floor, handing out 33 assists on 45 field goals. Seven different Dallas players scored in double digits while the team shot 54% from the floor.
Ian Mahinmi and Brandan Wright more than made up for Haywood's absence at the center position, combining for 26 points and 11 rebounds on 12-19 shooting while repeatedly finishing in traffic, something Haywood isn't exactly known for doing.
Denver, after trading Nene for Javale McGee, who didn't appear in the game, was extremely undersized in the front-court, which Dallas exploited all game long.
The Mavericks were led in scoring by Dirk Nowitzki, who had 33 points on 12-19 shooting, while the Nuggets leading scorer was Arron Afflalo with 24.