NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at Dallas
(Friday, February 5th)
Final Score: Minnesota 117, Dallas 108
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Jonny Flynn scored 19 points and dished out seven assists, as the Minnesota Timberwolves used a late surge to take down the Dallas Mavericks, 117-108, at American Airlines Center.
Kevin Love added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have won a season-high three straight games since a five-game skid. Al Jefferson and Ryan Hollins each donated 15 points. Corey Brewer and Ryan Gomes chipped in 14 and 12 points, respectively, for Minnesota, which had dropped 13 straight versus Dallas.
"Very nice. Very nice. We talked to our guys about keeping a focus on things that we can control in terms of our defense, rebounding, and taking care of the basketball," Minnesota head coach Kurt Rambis said. "We did a solid job rebounding, not a great job. I thought our defense was pretty good most of the ballgame. We had some stretches where we had lapses, but our guys are learning how to play together."
Dirk Nowitzki finished with 21 points and eight rebounds for the Mavericks, who lost to the Timberwolves for the first time since January 4, 2006. Nowitzki didn't get the start because he was late for shootaround.
Jason Terry tallied 20 points while Rodrigue Beaubois added a season-high 17 points off the bench for Dallas, which has dropped four of five.
"We're not going to be good until we play hard," Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said. "But look, they shot 55 percent in the first quarter, the second quarter was by far our best when they shot 43 and we did a much better job, more proactive. They shot 60 in the third and 55 in the fourth. Those numbers don't lie. We had another disappointing loss."
Gomes made a jumper with over six minutes remaining in the fourth to give Minnesota a 104-96 lead. But the Timberwolves went cold for a four-minute stretch, missing six field goals and turning the ball over four times during an ensuing 10-0 Dallas spurt.
Eight of those 10 points came on free throws, with Jason Kidd making two from the line to give the Mavs a 106-104 edge with 2 1/2 minutes to play.
Brewer finally made a shot from the floor for Minnesota, a trey with 2:14 left to give the Timberwolves a 107-106 margin. Nowitzki made 1-of-2 from the foul line at the other end to deadlock the tilt.
Flynn's driving layup had Minnesota up by two, but Erick Dampier made 1-of-2 from the line to cut the gap to 109-108 with 1 1/2 minutes remaining. It was all Timberwolves from that point on.
Brewer was fouled on a three-pointer with 1:07 left and made all three foul shots to make it a four-point contest. After Nowitzki's short jumper in the lane was off the mark, Wayne Ellington made a key trey to make it 115-108 with 32.3 seconds to go.
Terry then missed a long jumper before Flynn capped the eight-point burst with a pair of free throws.
The Timberwolves started the game on a 14-7 run and led 32-29 after 12 minutes of play.
Dallas ripped off six straight points early in the second to take a 40-39 edge on Nowitzki's jumper with less than eight minutes remaining. The Mavericks scored 13 straight points later in the frame to build a 10-point lead. Josh Howard's short jumper made it 55-45 with 2:25 to go.
Damien Wilkins' trey cut the gap to 61-57 at the break.
Minnesota started the third on a 15-4 burst to take a seven-point advantage. Gomes made a pair of three-pointers during the stretch, with the latter making it a 72-65 contest with over 6 1/2 minutes remaining.
The Mavs were within a possession a few minutes later, but the Wolves scored nine in a row to take an 85-73 edge. Minnesota was up 89-80 moving to the fourth.
The Wolves improved to 4-21 away from Minneapolis this season...Minnesota made 53 percent of its shots, while the Mavericks shot 42.7 percent from the floor...Dallas made 29-of-35 free throws, while the Wolves went 17-of-20 from the charity stripe.
02/05 23:58:42 ET