Wolves Fall To Mavericks

Mavericks 108 (46-17) - Timberwolves 105 (15-50) | Target Center


MENZIE HENDERSON
Wolves Writer


How it happened:
The Minnesota Timberwolves took the second place Dallas Mavericks down to the wire, but let another slip away late in the fourth quarter to fall 108-105 at Target Center.

After an 8-0 run and two Michael Beasley free-throws, the Wolves gained a 97-96 lead with 2:15 remaining. From this point on, the veteran Mavericks leadership of Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, and Dirk Nowitzki showed exactly why they belong on top of this league.

Despite battling foul trouble the entire night, the All-NBA Nowitzki scored 17 of his game-high 25 points in the second half to lead Dallas. By picking up his fourth personal early in the third quarter, the Wolves used Nowitzki’s absence to their advantage by responding with a 15-0 run to build momentum heading into the final stanza after back-to-back three-pointers from Wayne Ellington and Jonny Flynn.

Once Nowitzki rejoined his team on the floor, Dallas immediately seized control with a 10-0 run of their own. The Mavericks went on to close the game effectively from the charity stripe, going 11-of-12 from the line in crucial moments down the stretch. Meanwhile, the Timberwolves struggled the entire night with free-throws going just 16-of-26.

Leader of the Pack:
With 23 points and 17 rebounds, Kevin Love recorded his 51st straight double-double to match Moses Malone’s streak for the longest in the league since the NBA/ABA merger in 1976. Kevin Love dominated offensively by successfully stretching the Mavericks defense to the perimeter with four three-pointers drained. By bringing big men like Brendan Hayward out of his element, Love made his opponent look foolish by repeatedly drawing shooting fouls from beyond the arc with his mastered pump fake.

Notable Performance:
Throughout the night, the shots weren’t falling for Michael Beasley. Knowing he was struggling with his jumper, Beasley took his aggression inside by slashing to the hoop and using his body control to finish at the rim. Despite going just 8-of-22 from the floor, Beasley found ways to contribute by scoring 20 points and grabbing 9 rebounds.

The Numbers Game:
Tonight, Kevin Love joined an elite group of Hall of Famers, including Bill Russell, Elgin Baylor, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar by becoming just the ninth player in NBA history to record 50+ straight double-doubles.

Looking Ahead:
Kevin Love will attempt to become the outright double-double king when the Wolves host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.


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