"I thought they were obviously a little flat," said Nowitzki. "They're down a couple of people and they got here around 4 or 5 last night. We talked about that and wanted to be aggressive."
Still, Harrington struggled to explain the lopsided game.
"I don't know. They just made shots, and we struggled offensively," he said. "We let it affect our defense, so we've just got to move on and get the (next) game in Memphis."
The Mavericks shot better than 46 percent -- and almost 50 percent through the first three quarters to carry an 83-54 lead into the fourth -- to finish off a 3-0 homestand.
But the news wasn't all good. Reserve guard Delonte West left the game in the second quarter with an injured right finger and didn't return.
The Mavericks, after taking a 27-17 lead into the second, used a 12-1 run to take control of the game. Carter's three-pointer sparked the burst, Brandan Wright had back-to-back dunks and Dallas built a 49-33 lead.
It was 51-39 at halftime and ballooned to 31 near the end of the third quarter mostly on the back of an 11-1 run that ended in Odom's jumper.
"When the score swings by 17 points you're going to be down by a huge deficit going into the fourth," said Harrington, "one that you know you can't make up."
The Mavs rested every starter but Carter in the fourth quarter on the way to the easy win.
Dallas beat Denver 105-95 on February 8 to snap a four-game losing streak in the series...The Nuggets started a three-game road trip that continues Friday in Memphis.