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Collison and Brand guide Mavs over T'Wolves
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Darren Collison scored 23 points to go with nine assists and Elton Brand chipped in with 20 points off the bench to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 113-98 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.
O.J. Mayo also scored 20 points and dished out nine assists while Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Kaman and Vince Carter added 10 points apiece for the Mavericks, who have won three straight.
Nikola Pekovic notched a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds and J.J. Barea poured in 21 points off the bench for the Timberwolves, who have dropped four straight games.
Dallas raced out to a 12-4 lead early in the first and a 10-7 swing gave the Mavs a 22-11 lead with 3:20 left. Minnesota, though, was able to cut the lead to 26-19 entering the second.
The Wolves opened the second with a 10-6 run to make it 32-29. The teams traded blows from there until a Carter three-point play sparked a 15-7 burst to give Dallas a 55-45 lead the break.
The lead swelled as large as 23 in the third and the Mavs led 91-70 entering the final stage.
Minnesota was able to pull within 104-95 in the fourth, but the Mavs closed the game on a 9-3 run to seal up the win.
Brand's 20 points were a season-high ... The Mavs shot a blistering 59.7 percent (46-for-77) from the floor and went 15-for-16 from the free throw line ... Barea's 21 points tied a season-high.
01/14 23:22:31 ET
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