NBA Game Summary - Dallas at Minnesota
(Sunday, March 13th)
Final Score: Dallas 102, Minnesota 93
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Jason Terry scored a team-high 22 points with 12 assists, Dirk Nowitzki added 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Dallas defeated Minnesota, 102-93, at the Target Center.
Marquis Daniels collected nine of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and Josh Howard scored 15 for the Mavericks, who have won two straight and three of four. Michael Finley was held to just 10 points in the win.
Kevin Garnett paced Minnesota with a game-high 24 points and 13 rebounds despite suffering an eye injury late in the first half. He was inadvertently poked in the right eye by Howard while attempting to grab a rebound late in the second quarter. Garnett missed two free throws after the play before heading into the locker room with 3:11 to go in the half, but later returned to the game.
"It was like a boxing match," said Dallas assistant Avery Johnson, who coached in the absence of head coach Don Nelson. Nelson missed his third straight game to be with his wife while she recovers from surgery. "The problem is we only threw six rounds and we got six more rounds to go on Tuesday."
These two teams will meet again on Tuesday in Dallas to complete a home-and- home set.
Trenton Hassell added 19 points and Wally Szczerbiak came off the bench to score 18 for the Timberwolves, who have dropped two of three following a three-game winning streak.
Troy Hudson and Latrell Sprewell combined to shoot 2-of-18 from the floor for Minnesota, which is fighting for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
"We can't be thinking about that (playoffs) right now," said Minnesota's Anthony Carter. "Anything can happen. We just have to keep playing hard."
After three competitive quarters, Dallas started to pull away in the fourth. Holding on to 82-77 lead, the Mavericks went on a quick 8-4 run to gain some breathing room. Daniels, who accounted for six points during the surge, ended it with a short layin, making it 90-81 with 3:50 to go.
However, Minnesota would not go quietly and pulled within 93-89 on two free throws by Hassell with 1:23 remaining in the contest.
But that was as close as the Timberwolves would get the rest of the way.
Terry scored on a quick layup and, after Carter missed a trey at the other end for Minnesota, he sealed the game with a three-point play, making it 98-89 with 47 seconds left.
"The most important thing is we got the win," said Terry. "We are trying to step up our defense."
Minnesota led 27-23 after one quarter and doubled that margin when Fred Hoiberg's free throw made it 35-27 with 8:11 to go in the second.
Dallas, though, trimmed the deficit to 46-44 heading into the locker room.
The Mavericks grabbed the lead courtesy of an 11-4 run to start the third quarter. A free throw by Alan Henderson ended the run, staking Dallas to a 55-50 edge with 7:40 remaining in the period.
The lead would grow to eight, 62-54, on Terry's short jumper midway through the frame, but Minnesota was able to cut it down to a 71-69 score heading into the fourth.
Timberwolves guard Sam Cassell missed his seventh straight game due to a nagging hamstring injury...Minnesota is 7-6 since Kevin McHale took over as interim coach for the fired Flip Saunders...Hudson ended 0-for-7 and Sprewell was 2-for-11 for 10 points...Dallas turned the ball over just six times and went 12-of-13 from the line in the fourth quarter...Dallas improved to an impressive 21-10 record on the road this season and the Mavericks have won eight of their last 11 road tilts overall.
03/13 16:50:23 ET