The Denver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony led another fourth-quarter blitz by his side, which overcame Dirk Nowitzki's 35 to beat the Mavericks 117-105.
|Kenyon Martin drives to the hoop for Denver [GALLO/GETTY]
Denver now lead 2-0 in the best-of-seven Western Conference semi final series.
Anthony scored 15 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter.
Nene, Denvers Brazilian centre, scored 25, J.R. Smith had 21 and Chauncey Billups 18 for the Nuggets, who won for the 15th straight time at the Pepsi Center, where they haven't lost since March 11.
"Right now our team has a way of elevating (their play in the closing quarter)," Nuggets coach George Karl said.
"(But) for three quarters, at least the second and third quarters, Dallas was a better basketball team today."
The series shifts to Dallas for Game 3 Saturday night, and the Mavericks can only hope they're going to be as good on their home court as the Nuggets were on theirs.
The Nuggets, whose six postseason wins have come by an average of 24.8 points, broke open a back-and-forth game by starting the fourth quarter on a 16-2 run, sparked by Anthony's 10 points, to take a 102-85 lead.