Balanced effort, hot shooting lead Mavs by Timberwolves

Posted Monday, Jan. 14, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
A

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

DALLAS -- As they continue the journey toward getting back to respectability and back in the torrid playoff race, the Dallas Mavericks are at least halfway toward reaching one of their mini-goals.

Before starting the current string of home games on Saturday with a win over the Memphis Grizzlies, the Mavs wanted to make a bold statement by sweeping all four games of the homestand. With Monday's 113-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at American Airlines Center, the Mavs are hopeful that this win will put them on the path to something big.

Darren Collison, O.J. Mayo and Elton Brand combined for 63 points as the Mavs won their third straight game and increased their record to 16-23, tying them with the Los Angels Lakers and Timberwolves for 10th place in win total in the Western Conference.

It was yet another solid performance by the Mavs, who now have won three games in a row for just the third time this season.

It also was just the second time this year the Mavs have tallied at least 100 points in three consecutive games since Nov. 3-7.

The Mavs shot a sizzling 59.7 percent from the field, dispensed a season-high 33 assists and committed just 10 turnovers as they beat a Minnesota squad that won the first two games of the season series.

"I thought the key to the game was our tempo was good; we kept the ball moving," coach Rick Carlisle said. "Collison played a terrific game. He had a lot of assists, too. He was the guy that really was the key guy keeping the pressure on them from a tempo standpoint."

Collison led the Mavs with 23 points, nine assists and three steals while directing a solid game.

Mayo added 20 points, seven rebounds and nine assists, and Brand added 20 points and six boards while converting 10 of 13 shots in just 30 minutes.

Brand had 14 of his points in the first half of the game, which the Mavs led 55-45 at halftime. Carlisle talked about how the 14-year veteran has had to adjust his game this season.

"It certainly has been challenging for him, too, because he started most of his career and we have him coming off the bench just because we felt it was the best thing for our overall team," Carlisle said. "But it made it a tougher challenge for him. But now he seems to be getting into a groove as a guy off the bench."

For his part, Brand just wants to win. And it was his jumper, followed by a bucket by Collison, a fast-break layup from Mayo and a fast-break dunk from Jae Crowder, that widened the Mavs' lead to 91-68 late in the third period.

"We were spreading the ball around and getting assists tonight," Brand said. "It was just one of those nights."

With the help of former Mavs guard J.J. Barea, the Timberwolves chopped the Mavs' lead to 101-93 with 3:16 remaining in the game. But Collison buried a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws to send Minnesota home with a four-game losing streak.

"We're playing with more familiarity with one another, with more familiarity with our system," Carlisle said. "Our reads are better. We've been doing some good things in that area. The challenge will be to continue it."

Dallas next plays Houston on Wednesday followed by the homestand's finale Friday against Oklahoma City.

Dwain Price, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @DwainPrice

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?





Friday, October 24Full Scoreboard
Kansas City 10/24 8:07 PM ET
San Francisco TV: FOX
110th World Series, Game Three. Series tied, 1-1.
Full Scoreboard
Friday, October 24Full Scoreboard
Dallas 10/24 7:00 PM ET
Orlando 
New York 10/24 7:30 PM ET
Toronto TV: MSG, TSN2
Minnesota 10/24 8:00 PM ET
Chicago TV: CSN-CHI
San Antonio 10/24 8:00 PM ET
Houston TV: CSN-HOU, NBA TV
Miami 10/24 8:00 PM ET
Memphis TV: Sun Sports
Phoenix 10/24 9:00 PM ET
Utah 
Sacramento 10/24 10:00 PM ET
LA Lakers TV: TWC SN, D
Denver 10/24 10:30 PM ET
Golden State TV: CSN-Bay
Portland 10/24 10:30 PM ET
LA Clippers TV: FSN-PT, NBA TV
Full Scoreboard
Week 8Full Scoreboard
Thursday
San Diego21Final | Box
Denver «35Gridiron Replay
Sunday
Detroit 9:30 AM ET
Atlanta TV: FOX
Seattle 1:00 PM ET
Carolina TV: CBS
Baltimore 1:00 PM ET
Cincinnati TV: CBS
Miami 1:00 PM ET
Jacksonville TV: CBS
St. Louis 1:00 PM ET
Kansas City TV: FOX
Chicago 1:00 PM ET
New England TV: FOX
Buffalo 1:00 PM ET
NY Jets TV: CBS
Minnesota 1:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay TV: FOX
Houston 1:00 PM ET
Tennessee TV: CBS
Philadelphia 4:05 PM ET
Arizona TV: FOX
Oakland 4:25 PM ET
Cleveland TV: CBS
Indianapolis 4:25 PM ET
Pittsburgh TV: CBS
Green Bay 8:30 PM ET
New Orleans TV: NBC
Monday
Washington 8:30 PM ET
Dallas TV: ESPN
Full Scoreboard
Friday, October 24Full Scoreboard
Dallas 10/24 7:00 PM ET
New Jersey TV: FSN-SW, MSG+
Tampa Bay 10/24 8:00 PM ET
Winnipeg TV: SUN, TSN3
Vancouver 10/24 9:00 PM ET
Colorado TV: TVA 2, SNE, SNO, SNP, Alt
Carolina 10/24 9:30 PM ET
Edmonton TV: SPSO, SN-W
Columbus 10/24 10:00 PM ET
Anaheim TV: FSN-OH, FSN-PT
Full Scoreboard