(SportsNetwork.com) - The Denver Nuggets try to push their winning streak to a season-high six straight games when they close out a home-and-home set against the Dallas Mavericks Friday at American Airlines Center.
The Nuggets made it five in a row with Wednesday's 114-107 defeat of the Mavericks at the Pepsi Center, as Ty Lawson led the way with 29 points on 10- of-18 shooting and handed out 12 assists. Kenneth Faried posted 22 points and 14 rebounds in the win.
Denver shot 50 percent from the field and took advantage of a Dallas team playing without Dirk Nowitzki, Rajon Rondo and Tyson Chandler.
"Our defense wasn't very good tonight, starting from the beginning of the game," Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said. "That's one thing I was worried about, with three of their starters out, our guys would relax a little bit."
Wilson Chandler had a double-double of 15 points and 10 boards, while J.J. Hickson and Arron Afflalo scored 13 and 12 points, respectively.
The Nuggets are allowing 103.7 ppg and have allowed 100 or more points in nine of the past 11 games.
Denver is only 6-12 on the road and has lost two in a row as the guest. It will host the Minnesota Timberwolves Saturday.
Dallas is second in the NBA in scoring at 108.8 ppg and fourth with a 47.2 field goal percentage.
The Mavericks went 1-2 on their road trip and should have Nowitzki, Chandler and Rondo back in the lineup Friday. J.J. Barea scored 17 points off the bench to lead Dallas and Richard Jefferson netted 16 points. Chandler Parsons and Devin Harris posted 13 points apiece in the loss, Dallas' third in the last four tries following a six-game win streak.
"All things considered we did a lot of good things tonight. But we had too many lapses and mistakes," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said.
The Mavs trailed by as many as 19 points and were outrebounded, 51-39. They had a 62-29 advantage in bench points.
Dallas is 13-6 in Big D and will visit the Memphis Grizzlies and Timberwolves next.
The Nuggets took three of four meetings last season against the Mavs and have won six of the last eight in this series.