Credit: USA TODAY Sports - Scanpix
Credit USA TODAY Sports - Scanpix

Luka Doncic had 21 points and 15 assists, Reggie Bullock and Dwight Powell each scored 15 points and the host Dallas Mavericks (19-18) beat the Denver Nuggets (18-17) 103-89 (24-20, 22-17, 23-26, 34-26) on Monday night.

Player of the Game
Luka  Doncic
EFF
27
Luka Doncic
Points 21
Accuracy 7-18
Rebounds 8
Assists 15

Jalen Brunson scored 13 points and Maxi Kleber and Dorian Finney-Smith had 10 points apiece for the Mavericks, who have won three straight.

Nikola Jokic had 27 points and 16 rebounds, Aaron Gordon scored 15 points and Will Barton added 12 for Denver, which was missing several players and two coaches.

The Nuggets were still without head coach Michael Malone, assistant coach David Adelman and forwards Jeff Green and Zeke Nnaji due to health and safety protocol. Bones Hyland cleared protocol earlier in the day and flew to Dallas to join the team. He had seven points in 25 minutes.

Denver lost Vlatko Cancar to a right foot injury in the final minute of the third quarter and Austin Rivers also left in the third quarter with a right thumb injury.

The Nuggets trailed 62-49 during the third but clawed their way back. Six points by Jokic and Barton's 3-pointer trimmed the deficit to 64-61 with 2:27 left in the period, and they trailed by six heading into the fourth.

Facu Campazzo was fouled on a 3-point attempt and made all three free throws to get Denver within 71-68 early in the fourth.

Then Doncic hit a jumper, Tim Hardaway Jr. converted a three-point play and Powell had a 3-pointer and two free throws in a 10-4 that made it 81-72 midway through the quarter.

Two free throws by Jokic cut the deficit to eight but Bullock hit two 3-pointers and Brunson another to make it 95-80 with 2:12 left.

Denver was able to build an early lead, but when Jokic went out late in the first quarter the Mavericks scored 13 straight points to take a 31-20 lead early in the second. The Nuggets got within 36-29 midway through the period but Dallas went on an 8-2 run to lead by 13 and took a 46-37 advantage into halftime.

Mavericks: Luka Doncic 21 (6/12 2PT, 1/6 3PT, 6/8 FT, 8 REB, 15 AST, 4 STL), Dwight Powell 15 (4/5 2PT), Reggie Bullock 15 (4/8 3PT), Jalen Brunson 13 (2/10 2PT, 2/4 3PT, 4 AST), Dorian Finney-Smith 10 (2/3 3PT), Maximilian Kleber 10 (2/6 3PT, 5 REB, 2 BLK).

Nuggets: Nikola Jokic 27 (10/14 2PT, 16 REB), Aaron Gordon 15 (6/6 2PT, 7 REB), Will Barton 12 (2/6 3PT, 6 AST, 7 TO).

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Dallas Mavericks
Denver Nuggets
45%
35/78
Field goals
46%
31/67
30
Rebounds
59
23
Assists
21
12
Steals
6
38%
14/37
3-pointers
24%
6/25
51%
21/41
2-pointers
60%
25/42

Best players

Luka  Doncic
21 PTS
7/18 FG
6/8 FT
Nikola  Jokic
27 PTS
11/18 FG
4/4 FT
Luka  Doncic
8 REB
8 DREB
0 OREB
Nikola  Jokic
16 REB
12 DREB
4 OREB
Luka  Doncic
15 As
3 TO
34 MIN
Will  Barton
6 As
7 TO
32 MIN
Luka  Doncic
27 EFF
50% 2P%
17% 3P%
Nikola  Jokic
35 EFF
71% 2P%
25% 3P%