NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at Dallas
(Wednesday, March 3rd)
Final Score: Dallas 112, Minnesota 109
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Jason Terry poured in 26 points and dished out five assists to help the red-hot Dallas Mavericks fend off the Minnesota Timberwolves, 112-109, at American Airlines Center.
Dirk Nowitzki added 22 points and five rebounds for the Mavericks, who have won nine in a row for the first time since March 16-30, 2007. Shawn Marion and Rodrigue Beaubois each chipped in 17 points. Caron Butler ended with 14 points and five boards for the victors.
Corey Brewer finished with 24 points and seven rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have dropped four straight. Jonny Flynn tallied 19 points. Kevin Love scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while Ryan Hollins also added 14 points in defeat.
Trailing 98-97 with 6 1/2 minutes to play in the fourth, the Mavericks went on a 10-4 spurt to go in front. Terry scored four points during the stretch, including a pair of foul shots to make it 107-102 with less than three minutes left.
Flynn's floater stopped the bleeding and got Minnesota within three with 2:17 to go. Following a Butler missed jumper, Brewer made a layup to make it 107-106 with 1:35 remaining.
Nowitzki made it a three-point game again by making two free throws at the other end. The Timberwolves came up empty on their next possession, as Brewer missed a long jumper and Flynn had a layup blocked.
The margin remained the same following Terry's missed jumper. Flynn then was off the mark with a shot, leading to two free throws from Butler for a 111-106 Mavs lead with 9.6 ticks left on the clock.
Brewer made a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 111-109, but Beaubois connected on 1-of-2 from the foul line with 0.5 seconds left to seal the victory.
"I mean, they are a spunky team," Marion said. "They played until the end and you have to give them credit for that. But at the same time, we had them on their heels and we should have put them on their backs. They made a run and was taking a lot of jumpers and they hit those shots and they got back into the game."
Dallas led 30-28 after the first quarter and expanded that margin to 60-53 at the half.
Trailing 89-77 with about three minutes left in the third, Minnesota scored the final 10 points of the period to get within 89-87 on Flynn's jumper.
The Timberwolves surged ahead in the early stages of the fourth, but the Mavericks fought right back.
"I was very pleased with the way that our guys played," Minnesota head coach Kurt Rambis said. "They got down and there was some obstacles in their way, but they just continued to fight and play. We made some silly mistakes, which has been the hallmark of our team the entire year. We turned the ball over way too much and it cost us way too many points and that gives us a very deep hole that we have to find a way to climb ourselves out of. I was proud of how hard they played. I was proud that they regrouped and reorganized when things weren't going their way."
The Mavericks gave veteran All-Star guard Jason Kidd a night off to rest...Minnesota forward Al Jefferson served the first of a two-game suspension...The Mavericks tripped against Minnesota, 117-108, on February 5 in Dallas, snapping their 13-game winning streak against the Wolves...The Mavs shot 50 percent from the field, while Minnesota made 53.2 percent of its shots.
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