Mavericks score first 16 points of second half, beat Nuggets

Deron Williams scored 22 points, Zaza Pachulia added 16 points and 12 rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks used a 16-0 run to begin the second half and beat the Denver Nuggets 92-81 on Saturday night and snap a three-game losing streak.

The Nuggets began a five-game road trip with their sixth straight loss.

Dallas has won five straight at home after losing its first two games of the season at American Airlines Center.

The Mavericks, trailing 52-48 at halftime, scored the first 16 points of the third quarter and never trailed again. Denver missed its first 15 field-goal attempts in the opening 8:45 of the period and committed six turnovers before Kenneth Faried scored on a layup to leave Dallas ahead 64-54.

Darrell Arthur, who attended Dallas' South Oak Cliff High, scored 16 points. Will Barton added 14 off the bench, 12 in the second half.

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