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Saturday, November 23rd (All times Eastern)

Dallas Mavericks (9-4) at Denver Nuggets (5-6), 9 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Mavericks have won four in a row and look to extend their winning streak Saturday in the opener of a home-and-home series against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.

The Mavericks made it four straight wins with Friday's 103-93 triumph over the Utah Jazz in the finale of a three-game homestand. Monta Ellis pumped in 26 points and handed out six assists, Dirk Nowitzki and Samuel Dalembert scored 18 points apiece and DeJuan Blair netted 11 off the bench.

Dalembert added 12 rebounds to his totals and Shawn Marion finished with 10 points for Dallas, which shot 50.7 percent and posted a 41-31 rebounding advantage. Blair and Nowitzki grabbed nine and seven boards, respectively, and the Mavs opened the game on a 20-6 run.

Dallas had a 20-8 advantage in second-chance points and shot 50 percent or better for the fourth time in the last five tries.

"The key for us was probably from the get-go getting a good start," Dalembert said. "We know with the other teams we have we can't let them get their confidence back up."

Dalembert is averaging 10.7 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in his last three games.

Dallas, which is 8-0 this season with a lead heading into the fourth quarter, is 7-0 at home and will try to improve its 2-4 road mark. The Mavs will host the Nuggets on Monday.

The Nuggets halted a two-game losing streak on Thursday with a gutsy, 97-87 victory over the visiting Chicago Bulls.

It was former Bull, Nate Robinson, who burned his old team. He made a pair of 3-pointers to start the fourth quarter and that essentially put the game out of reach for Denver.

"It takes one shot for me to see the ball go in and I can figure out what I can do to stay aggressive, make plays for my teammates ... do everything, be a total pest and cause chaos out there," said Robinson.

Jordan Hamilton led the way for the Nuggets with 17 points. J.J. Hickson was next with 14, followed by 12 apiece for Kenneth Faried and Randy Foye. Faried also pulled down 11 rebounds.

Robinson finished with 11 points and Ty Lawson, who is posting All-Star caliber numbers, was limited to 10 points.

The Nuggets took two of three matchups with Dallas last season, but have lost four of the last six overall in this series. Dallas has won two of the last three in the Mile High City.

11/23 10:28:54 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
3rd
PHI 64
CHA 85
 
3rd
PHI 64
CHA 85
 
3rd
ORL 66
UTA 81
 
Half
CLE 54
BRK 49
 
3rd
BOS 55
MIN 50
 
Half
DET 52
TOR 52
 
Half
MIA 55
WAS 54
 
2nd
MEM 30
CHI 32
 
2nd
SAN 32
POR 24
 
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DEN
LAC
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LAL
OKC
Final
YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
Final
TULA 56
JST 49
 
Final
RAD 76
SIENA 66
 
Final
BUCK 88
CASEWEST 65
 
2nd
LIB 88
CPNC 63
 
2nd
SCAR 64
CLEM 39
 
2nd
CMICH 88
CONC 58
 
2nd
MIAMI 38
EKENT 60
 
Final
GWEBB 91
HIWASSEE 71
 
2nd
ODU 60
MDES 42
 
2nd
BUF 65
NIAG 47
 
2nd
KSU 51
NCAT 45
 
2nd
FAM 55
UNF 73
 
2nd
NORST 77
NARZ 50
 
2nd
DART 44
NILL 42
 
2nd
MORE 56
NKENTUCKY 76
 
Final
UCSB 69
SDCHR 46
 
2nd
STJ 45
GAELS 41
 
2nd
ALA 53
STILL 37
 
2nd
HAMP 55
TENST 49
 
2nd
TENN 55
TENT 51
 
Final
WMARY 86
WSHMD 46
 
2nd
MERC 38
COOK 26
 
Half
FLGC 38
FUR 34
 
2nd
CALST 40
SDKST 36
 
1st
MTST 29
CHAT 18
 
1st
NDAK 29
DICKINSON 11
 
Half
LAMON 31
LSUALEX 27
 
Half
PRIN 44
LIP 27
 
Half
LAM 48
MLGN 24
 
1st
MINN 33
SEAT 15
 
1st
LOYC 35
SUTAH 20
 
Half
SELA 44
WINT 32
 
1st
SILL 29
NO 21
 
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MARQ
ALAAM
 
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TTU
ARKPB
 
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DEN
COLST
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CREI
TXPA
 
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CAL
EWASH
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UTST
IDST
 
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UTEP
ARZ
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CHAM
HAW
 
2nd Intermission
NJD 2
TAM 1
 
2nd
OTT 2
ANA 0
 
2nd
DET 1
NYI 1
 
1st Intermission
WIN 1
BOS 0
 
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