MINNEAPOLIS, March 13 (Ticker) -- Jason Terry
and Marquis Daniels
Minnesota Timberwolves further back in their battle for eighth
place in the Western Conference.
Terry scored 12 of his 22 points and Daniels 11 of his 16 in the
fourth quarter to help the Dallas Mavericks beat the
Timberwolves at the Target Center for a second time this season,
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"Our team came out and played with desperation, and we have got
to have that," said Mavericks assistant Avery Johnson, who once
again was coaching in place of Don Nelson, who is with his wife
as she recovers from surgery.
added 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Mavericks,
who have won back-to-back games after dropping five of seven.
"Dirk showed leadership tonight both on the court and vocally,"
Terry said. "That is something we don't see very often, and it
Dallas trailed, 75-73, before Michael Finley
nailed a jumper
with 8:53 remaining to trigger an 11-2 run. Terry, who also had
12 assists, made a 3-pointer and layup during the run, which
ended on a pair of free throws by Daniels that gave the
Mavericks an 84-77 advantage with 6:22 to play.
"Coming off the bench, you have to have energy and be ready at
all times," Daniels said. "The guys were finding me in spots
were I could get some easy baskets."
"Marquis has been playing well," Johnson said. "I have been
trying to figure out how to use him. We think we have found
some things that work well."
After Minnesota pulled within 93-89 on two free throws by
with 1:23 left, Terry made a jumper and
three-point play to put the game out of reach.
"We had to continue to push it, continue a fast tempo and get
stops," Terry said. "I needed to make sure we were the more
aggressive team in the fourth quarter."
Dallas had made just 8-of-16 free throws through three quarters
but sank 12-of-13 in the fourth period. Minnesota connected on
24-of-31 overall but attempted only five in the final period,
"We had a couple possessions where we got a little confused on
the pick-and-roll in the fourth quarter and that hurt us," said
Minnesota forward Wally Szczerbiak
, who scored 18 points off the
collected 24 points, 13 rebounds and six assists
for the Timberwolves, who entered the contest one game behind
both the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver for the all-important
eighth and final spot in the West.
"We have 18 games left and we just have to keep playing hard,
and hopefully some good things will happen," Timberwolves guard
Anthony Carter said.
With just under four minutes left in the first half, Garnett
accidentally was poked in the left eye while grabbing a rebound.
He missed two free throws and exited the contest shortly
thereafter but returned for the second half.
Neither team held a double-digit advantage in a game that had 16
ties and 12 lead changes.
The road team has won each of the three meetings this season.
The Timberwolves won in Dallas on November 12, 83-82, but lost
here on December 7, 97-87. The teams play again Tuesday in