With Dirk getting off to a sizzling start with 13 points, the Mavs have grabbed a 24-16 lead after the first quarter.
Most impressive part of those numbers for the Mavs is holding the Nuggets to just 16 points on 35.3 percent shooting.
Troublesome? Besides Dirk, only Josh Howard (9) and Jason Kidd (2) scored for the Mavs in the opening period.
-- Jim Reeves