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                 === Timberwolves, Mavericks clash in Big D ===
 (Sports Network) - The Dallas Mavericks look to match a season high with three
 straight  wins when  they resume a four-game homestand Monday night versus the
 Minnesota Timberwolves at American Airlines Center.
 The  Mavericks have won  two in a row and opened the homestand with Saturday's
 104-83  victory over  the  Southwest Division-rival  Memphis Grizzlies  behind
 Shawn Marion's 20 points. Dirk Nowitzki had 17 points and Chris Kaman added 14
 for the Mavericks, who have won two straight on the heels of a four-game skid.
 "This  whole season  has been work," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "It's
 been challenging and it's going to continue to be that, but we're showing some
 signs  of  coming together  in  some  different ways  and  we've  just got  to
 Dallas  is  9-7 in Big  D this season  and put an  end to its four-game losing
 streak  as the host. The Mavs will also entertain Houston and Oklahoma City on
 the residency and have won three in a row on two occasions this season.
 Minnesota  is  mired in a  three-game slide and will  wrap up a four-game road
 trip this evening.
 The  Timberwolves  dropped a 106-88 decision  against the San Antonio Spurs on
 Sunday  as  J.J. Barea  shook off  a balky  back and  scored 15 points. Nikola
 Pekovic added 14 and Luke Ridnour chipped in 13 points and six assists for the
 Timberwolves, who haven't won in San Antonio since the 2003-04 season.
 "We  couldn't  knock down  shots and (their  bench) did a  good job with their
 energy,  getting some  opportunities  for  them and  getting  them  back in  a
 rhythm," said Wolves acting head coach Terry Porter.
 Minnesota  coach Rick Adelman  is at home with his ill wife and the Wolves are
 also without star forward Kevin Love (broken hand).
 After  visiting  Dallas, the Timberwolves,  who are  6-13 as the visitor, will
 return  to the  Twin Cities  for two  straight games  versus the  Clippers and
 The T'Wolves have defeated the Mavericks twice this season, but Dallas has won
 19 of the past 24 encounters. Minnesota has lost 10 of 13 in Big D.
 01/14 10:47:10 ET