DALLAS — Wesley Matthews and the Dallas Mavericks have a long way to go to recover from a miserable start plagued by injuries.
Consecutive home wins for the first time and a .500 record over six games are a start.
Matthews scored 25 points and the last-place Mavericks enjoyed a rare blowout, beating the listless Denver Nuggets 112-92 on Monday night.
Harrison Barnes had 18 points for the Mavericks (6-18), who led 65-43 at the break. They expanded the margin to a season-high 28 points in the third quarter on the way to their second win in three games since a 31-point home loss to Sacramento that prompted a team meeting.
“That’s how we’re supposed to play,” said Matthews, who finished a point shy of the season high he reached in three of the previous five games. “Now it’s just about harnessing that, trying to get a string and run off a couple of wins.”
The Nuggets were finishing a season-long six-game road trip and played like it, shooting 42 percent with their starters getting outscored 80-37. Backup center Nikola Jokic led Denver with a season-high 27 points and 11 rebounds.