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Mavericks roll past Minnesota for fourth straight win behind Barea

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns (32) tries to rebound the ball against Dallas Mavericks center Salah Mejri (50) and forward Dirk Nowitzki, right.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns (32) tries to rebound the ball against Dallas Mavericks center Salah Mejri (50) and forward Dirk Nowitzki, right. AP

How the Mavs won: The Dallas Mavericks received solid performances from their starting backcourt Sunday afternoon and went on to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 88-78 at the Target Center.

It was the fourth straight win for the Mavs, who remained the No. 7-seed in the Western Conference playoff race. This is the third time this season the Mavs have won as many as four games in a row.

J.J. Barea led the Mavs with 21 points and his backcourt running mate, Wesley Matthews, added 19 points.

The Mavs started putting some distance between themselves and the Timberwolves when they opened the fourth quarter with a 15-2 run and vaulted ahead 83-65 with 5:59 left in the game

Matthews nailed three 3-pointers in the final four minutes of the third period, helping the Mavs walk in the final quarter with a 68-63 lead.

Key players: J. J. Barea tallied 21 points for the Mavs, Wesley Matthews poured in 19 points, Deivn Harris pitched in with 16 points, and Dirk Nowitzki added 13 points.

Key stat: The Mavs were down in the rebounding battle, 10-0. But they wound up outrebounding the Timberwolves, 44-41.

Records: Mavs 39-38, Timberwolves 25-52

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