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Wednesday, February 8, 2012
At the half: Mavs 64, Nuggets 53

By Tim MacMahon

DENVER -- At some point during the Mavs’ three off days, Rodrigue Beaubois regained a little swagger.

Beaubois struggled miserably during the Mavs’ three-game losing streak, scoring a total of 13 points on 5-of-23 shooting. He matched that total in the first half against the Denver Nuggets, making five of seven shots from the floor.

Beaubois’ performance fueled one of the Mavs’ best offensive first halves of the season. Dirk Nowitzki remained in a groove, scoring 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting and four other Mavs have at least five points.

But the Mavs didn’t finish the half strong, letting the Nuggets steal momentum down the stretch. Denver closed the half with a 12-6 run.