Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/13

Game 1: Friday, November 13th
Game 2: Friday, February 5th
Game 3: Wednesday, March 3rd
Game 4: Monday, March 8th

Timberwolves 117

(12-38, 4-21 away)

Mavericks 108

(31-19, 15-9 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    8:30 PM ET, February 5, 2010

    American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIN 32 25 32 28117
    DAL 29 32 19 28108

    Top Performers

    Min: K. Love 17 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast

    Dal: J. Kidd 17 Pts, 6 Reb, 7 Ast, 4 Stl, 2 Blk

    Closing run ends Timberwolves' 13-game skid vs. Mavs

    Associated Press

    DALLAS -- Kurt Rambis had seen his young Minnesota Timberwolves unravel many times late in tight games.

    On Friday night, the suddenly surging Timberwolves were the ones who made the key plays in the fourth quarter.

    Fast Facts

    • The Timberwolves ended their 13-game losing streak against the Mavericks and have won three straight overall for the first time this season.

    • Minnesota snapped a nine-game road losing streak.

    • Dirk Nowitzki came off the bench for the first time since Dec. 14, 1999 -- his second season in the NBA.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    With Dirk Nowitzki not starting after he was late for a pregame shootaround, rookie Jonny Flynn scored 19 points and Minnesota snapped a 13-game losing streak against Dallas, beating the Mavericks 117-108.

    Minnesota, which led by as much as 13 in the second half, ended the game on a 13-2 run in the final 2:14 after the Mavericks had stormed back to grab the lead.

    "That was the point where in the past our guys would start to disappear," said Rambis, in his first season as the Timberwolves' coach. "Dallas turned up its defense and the pressure started to bother us. You've just go to keep your head up, keep doing the right things and hopefully it'll work out for you."

    The Mavericks led 106-104 when the Timberwolves went on their game-ending push.

    Flynn drove for a layup to put Minnesota ahead for good, 109-107 with 1:39 remaining. After Dallas' Erick Dampier hit one of two free throws, Corey Brewer was fouled by Nowitzki on a 3-point attempt and hit all three foul shots with 1:07 left. Wayne Ellington clinched it with a 3-pointer from the right corner to make it 115-108 with 32.3 seconds remaining.

    Kevin Love had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Al Jefferson and Ryan Hollins each chipped in with 15 points for the Timberwolves, who have a three-game win streak for the first time this season.

    "I just think we've matured as a team," Flynn said. "We are just starting to find ourselves."

    Nowitzki, who scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds, entered the game with 6:48 left in the first quarter. The last time the nine-time All-Star played in a reserve role was against the San Antonio Spurs on Dec. 14, 1999, his second year in the NBA.

    Josh Howard started in Nowitzki's place. Nowitzki said after the game that all players need to be held accountable.

    "I was almost 30 minutes late," Nowitzki said. "That was a distraction and it's my fault."

    Jason Terry scored 20 points, and Jason Kidd and Rodrigue Beaubois each added 17 for the Mavericks, who have lost four of five games.

    Dallas has given up at least 100 points in each of its past five games. Minnesota shot 54 percent from the floor and hit 12 of 22 from long range.

    "We need to dig down and find some pride," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "It's as simple as that."

    Minnesota led 102-92 after Hollins hit a jumper with 7:23 left.

    The Mavericks went on a 14-2 run over the next 4:48 to take their first lead since early in the third quarter.

    Nowitzki connected on a pair of free throws to tie the game at 104 with 3:01 remaining, and Kidd hit two more foul shots to give Dallas the lead.

    Dallas' lead was short lived as Brewer hit a 3-pointer to give the Timberwolves a 107-106 lead.

    Minnesota beat the Mavericks for the first time since Jan. 4, 2006.

    "It is a good win against a playoff caliber team," Flynn said. "We held them off during that great run and came away with the win."

    Minnesota, which ended a nine-game road slide, outscored Dallas 32-19 in the third quarter to lead 89-80 heading into the fourth.

    Love made a reverse layup that extended Minnesota's lead to 85-73. Carlisle called time out after that, and the crowd began booing.

    The Timberwolves stretched their advantage to 87-74 shortly after that.

    Minnesota's previous two victories were against the Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks. The Timberwolves also ended a 12-game skid against teams over .500 with their win over the Southwest Division-leading Mavericks.

    Game notes

    Dampier returned to the starting lineup after missing the team's previous game Wednesday night with a left knee injury. ... Timberwolves guard Ramon Sessions was called for a flagrant foul 1 with 6:50 left when he walloped Beaubois on a drive to the basket. ... Nowitzki spoke to the American Airlines Center crowd just before the game to promote next weekend's All-Star festivities in Dallas, but he did not acknowledge being out of the starting lineup.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 117 108
    FGM-FGA 44-83 (.530) 35-82 (.427)
    3PM-3PA 12-22 (.545) 9-19 (.474)
    FTM-FTA 17-20 (.850) 29-35 (.829)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-40 14-42
    Assists 26 20
    Turnovers 19 15
    Steals 5 9
    Blocks 3 5
    Fast Break Points 5 24
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/1) 22 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 13 10

    Top Performers

    Kevin Love Love
    Points: 17
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Jason Kidd Kidd
    Points: 17
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 2