Dallas Mavericks

Six score in double figures as Mavericks avenge loss to Timberwolves

For the second straight game, the Dallas Mavericks got revenge on a team they had lost to earlier in the month.

Six players scored in double figures for just the seventh time this season, and the Mavericks defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 98-87 on Sunday afternoon at American Airlines Center.

“That’s how we have to play,” said Wesley Matthews, who had a team-high 19 points. “That brand of basketball is fun. Everyone had energy, you could feel it in the crowd, and we haven’t felt that in a long time.”

It gave the Mavs (13-27) just their third two-game winning streak of the season (Nov. 6-8, Dec. 21-23). Dallas beat Phoenix on Thursday in Mexico City. The Suns won the previous meeting Jan. 5.

“We are showing signs of making some progress, and tonight two things were really important: we did a better job on the boards, and I thought our energy and determination were terrific,” coach Rick Carlisle said.

Dirk Nowitzki’s 3-pointer gave Dallas a 64-50 lead with 8:59 to go in the third quarter, but Minnesota countered with a 16-4 run, including the next six points.

The Timberwolves (14-27) got within 68-66 on Gorgui Dieng’s 4-foot floater. But Dallas ended the final four-plus minutes on an 11-4 run to take a 79-70 lead into the final period.

The Mavericks, who lost at Minnesota 101-92 on Jan. 9, extended the lead to 86-74 on J.J. Barea’s 3-pointer and 93-76 (largest of the game) on a 3-pointer, steal and layup by Seth Curry, capping a 10-2 run.

“Tried to get some easy buckets and some wide-open shots,” Curry said. “I felt like everybody was in the flow of the game.”

Dallas led 56-47 at halftime after outscoring Minnesota 29-22 in the second quarter.

Karl-Anthony Towns gave Minnesota a 16-10 lead on a 3-point basket with 5:31 to go in the first quarter.

Matthews made a 3-pointer and Harrison Barnes had back-to-back buckets, but Andrew Wiggins scored five points during that stretch to give the Timberwolves a 21-18 lead with 3:19 to go in the frame.

Dallas answered with a 19-6 run and went ahead 37-27 after Barea made three free throws. Dorian Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell entered late in the first quarter and sparked the defensive side, helping to hold Minnesota scoreless for 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

Matthews knocked down four 3-pointers, and Nowitzki added 17 points and three blocks. Barea chipped in 15 points off the bench, and Deron Williams posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists.

Dieng had a game-high 21 points for Minnesota, while Wiggins had 19. Towns finished with 18 points and nine rebounds. He had 34 and 11 in the previous meeting.

“I think in Minnesota, we let Towns get going early,” Barea said. “Today, we paid attention to him early and I think Harrison did a good job, and our energy was great.”

The Mavericks, who posted a 29-10 advantage in bench points, improved to 5-2 this season when at least six players score in double figures.

“Big win for us,” Nowitzki said. “Bench came in and really changed the game for us with J.J. and Devin Harris attacking and getting some big and-1s, so it was a big team win today.”

Minnesota

25

22

23

17

87

Dallas

27

29

23

19

98

Minnesota

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

A

F

Pt

Towns

38:04

8-17

1-2

9

3

2

18

Wiggins

37:37

8-15

2-2

8

4

1

19

Dieng

31:10

10-12

1-3

8

0

1

21

LaVine

33:39

3-8

2-2

5

1

1

11

Rubio

35:30

2-9

4-6

5

10

2

8

Bjelica

22:13

4-7

2-3

4

1

2

10

Dunn

12:30

0-3

0-0

1

1

3

0

Muhammad

12:20

0-6

0-0

1

0

1

0

Jones

9:03

0-2

0-0

0

0

2

0

Aldrich

4:33

0-0

0-0

3

0

1

0

Rush

3:21

0-1

0-0

0

0

0

0

Totals

240

35-80

12-18

44

20

16

87

Percentages: FG .438, FT .667. 3-Point Goals: 5-21, .238 (LaVine 3-4, Wiggins 1-3, Towns 1-4, Dieng 0-1, Jones 0-1, Muhammad 0-1, Dunn 0-2, Rubio 0-2, Bjelica 0-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 12 (15 PTS). Blocked Shots: 1 (Towns). Turnovers: 12 (Rubio 4, Towns 3, Wiggins 2, Bjelica, Dunn, LaVine). Steals: 7 (Rubio 2, Bjelica, Dieng, LaVine, Towns, Wiggins).

Dallas

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

A

F

Pt

Barnes

31:40

6-16

1-2

3

0

2

13

Nowitzki

28:05

7-14

0-0

6

2

1

17

Curry

31:33

2-9

2-2

3

0

0

7

Matthews

35:27

7-15

1-2

7

1

2

19

Williams

30:54

5-9

0-2

4

10

3

13

Mejri

18:25

2-3

0-0

8

0

5

4

Powell

17:20

0-2

0-0

3

1

4

0

Barea

16:32

5-5

4-5

3

3

0

15

Harris

16:01

2-4

6-6

3

3

0

10

F-Smith

12:33

0-0

0-0

1

1

1

0

Brussino

0:30

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

Jackson

0:30

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

Anderson

0:30

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

Totals

240

36-77

14-19

41

21

18

98

Percentages: FG .468, FT .737. 3-Point Goals: 12-29, .414 (Matthews 4-8, Nowitzki 3-4, Williams 3-5, Barea 1-1, Curry 1-4, Powell 0-1, Harris 0-2, Barnes 0-4). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 11 (11 PTS). Blocked Shots: 8 (Nowitzki 3, Barnes, Finney-Smith, Matthews, Mejri, Powell). Turnovers: 11 (Williams 4, Barea 2, Barnes, Curry, Matthews, Mejri, Nowitzki). Steals: 8 (Curry 3, Finney-Smith 2, Williams 2, Barnes). Att.—19,655 (19,200). T—1:59.

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