Shawn Marion had 16 points and 10 rebounds, leading six Dallas players scoring in double figures as the Mavericks stretched their winning streak to five in a row with a 102-84 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.
The Nuggets acquired swingman Rudy Fernandez and forward Corey Brewer from the Mavericks on Tuesday for a future second-round pick.
New Dallas Mavericks Lamar Odom and Vince Carter say they are looking forward to helping Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd defend the NBA championship.
Dallas acquired Fernandez in June after three seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers. He helped Spain win its second straight European Championship title Sunday.
Eventually, someone taken in the first round of this year’s NBA draft will blossom into a quality player. But the Mavericks don’t want to wait.
The Dallas Mavericks are already gearing up to defend their title, trading both their draft picks for Portland Trailblazers guard Rudy Fernandez.