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After 1: Mavs 27, Nuggets 17

2/15/2012

DALLAS -- So far the Denver Nuggets are missing Nene and Danilo Gallinari far more than the Mavs miss Jason Terry and Rodrigue Beaubois. The Nuggets have no offensive punch whatsoever.

They started the quarter 1-of-8 from the floor and ended it 5-of-18 with seven turnovers. The Mavs were a little out of control at times, too, but led 19-9 early. Dirk Nowitzki leads all scorers with eight points. Shawn Marion, who is guarding quick Nuggets guard Ty Lawson, has six points and two assists.

Lamar Odom came off the bench for five points, including a 3-pointer.

Nuggets forward Corey Brewer received his championship ring prior to the game, being introduced to the crowd by coach Rick Carlisle, who reminded everyone about the spark Brewer provided in Game 1 in L.A. against the Lakers when down 16.

Brewer has two points on 1-of-4 shooting.