Marion, Mavs escape Minnesota with win
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Shawn Marion scored a season-high 32 points as the Dallas Mavericks held off a furious second half surge to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 100-98, from Target Center.
Marion was also part of some controversy at the end of the game.
Ricky Rubio was fouled by Jose Calderon with three seconds left with the Mavs having a foul to give. On the ensuing inbounds play, Kevin Love received the ball in the corner, attempted a game-winning 3, but Marion clearly hacked his arm in the act as the ball flew into the air and the buzzer sounded.
The referees' whistles were silent as Love stood on the baseline in disbelief and Dallas held on.
Dirk Nowitzki finished with 16 points, while Brandan Wright scored 14 points off the bench for Dallas, winners in two straight.
Love dumped in a game-high 36 points with 11 rebounds, his seventh straight double-double and league-leading 28th overall.
Kevin Martin contributed 19 points, while Nikola Pekovic also added a double- double with 18 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
12/30 22:45:10 ET