Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 12/18

Game 1: Sunday, December 18th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 4th
Game 3: Saturday, January 7th

Timberwolves 95

(12-10, 5-6 away)

Mavericks 102

(18-6, 10-3 home)

    Coverage: KSTC

    7:30 PM ET, December 18, 2005

    American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIN 16 18 32 2995
    DAL 18 25 24 35102

    Top Performers

    Minnesota: K. Garnett 20 Pts, 16 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Dallas: J. Howard 23 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    Mavericks look to stay hot against snake-bitten Timberwolves

    Minnesota (12-9) at Dallas (17-6) 8:30 pm EST

    DALLAS (Ticker) - The Dallas Mavericks hope to keep their recent surge going when they host the hard-luck Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.

    The Mavericks have won two straight and seven of their last eight to keep pace with Southwest Division-leading San Antonio. Dallas is coming off a 109-103 overtime victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday.

    Dirk Nowitzki, who missed a potential game-winner in regulation, scored 10 of his 31 points in the extra session. Josh Howard scored 24 points and Jason Terry added 22 for the Mavericks, who are closing out a five-game homestand.

    Minnesota has lost its last three games by a combined five points. Kevin Garnett collected 24 points, 21 rebounds, six assists and four blocks but missed a baseline jumper in the waning seconds that helped send the Timberwolves to a 90-88 home defeat against the Spurs.

    Wally Szczerbiak continued his run of outstanding play by adding 23 points. In his last eight games, he is averaging 24.1 points, nearly six more than his season average (18.5).

    Dallas and Minnesota split their four meetings last season with each team winning twice on its home floor.