MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Cities had 20 factors and 9 rebounds and the Minnesota Timberwolves made up for a slim loss at Dallas 4 days earlier by tightening up their protection and blowing out the Mavericks 116-95 on Friday night time.
Jordan McLaughlin had a season-high 16 factors on 6-for-8 taking pictures for the Timberwolves. They moved a half-game behind idle Denver for the sixth spot that they badly need within the Western Convention to keep away from the play-in event. The Timberwolves, who stopped a two-game dropping streak, play the Nuggets subsequent week.
Luka Doncic had 24 factors, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Mavericks, who missed a chance to go Utah for sole possession of fourth place within the Western Convention. The Mavericks are tied with the Jazz, who misplaced at Charlotte on Friday, within the battle for home-court benefit for his or her possible first-round matchup. Dallas and Utah face one another Sunday.
Dwight Powell pitched in 13 factors for the Mavericks. In addition they fumbled their likelihood to maneuver a season-high 18 video games above the .500 mark.
The Mavericks held on for a 110-108 victory over Minnesota in Dallas on Monday night time, a recreation the Timberwolves had the higher hand in till a late lapse — and a whistle that didn’t go their approach. Then they squandered a 15-point third-quarter benefit Wednesday night time at residence in a loss to NBA-leading Phoenix whereas Devin Booker and the Suns shredded their second-half coverages.
The Timberwolves lead the league in opponent turnovers, boasting a streak of 71 video games of forcing 10 or extra, they usually matched their ordinary aggression with some wanted consistency on the defensive finish. Doncic needed to work for all the things he bought, pestered by Patrick Beverley, Anthony Edwards and Taurean Prince at varied instances.
Doncic delivered his ordinary array of slick passes, together with a one-handed feed via Prince’s legs on the bounce to Max Kleber for a dunk within the first quarter, however the chilly Mavericks value him a bunch extra assists.
The Mavericks, who’re lacking sharpshooter Tim Hardaway Jr. as he recovers from foot surgical procedure, went 10 for 43 from 3-point vary. Reggie Bullock was 1 for 11 from the ground, and Jalen Brunson was 4 for 12.
SORE IN THE SECOND
Minnesota’s bench had a 47-38 scoring benefit. The reserves have been on a roll within the second quarter, however that was a painful stretch. Naz Reid limped off with a leg harm, although he later returned. Malik Beasley sprained his ankle and didn’t return.
Mavericks: Doncic, who sat out Wednesday to relaxation a sore ankle, had 15 factors on 5-for-17 taking pictures in opposition to Minnesota on Monday. … Sterling Brown missed the sport after being positioned within the well being and security protocols for COVID-19 earlier within the day. … Davis Bertans missed his third consecutive recreation with proper knee soreness. Trey Burke was out with an sickness.
Timberwolves: D’Angelo Russell had 15 factors and eight assists. … Minnesota’s final three-game dropping streak was Dec. 28-Jan. 2. … Jaden McDaniels missed his fifth straight recreation with a sprained left ankle.
Mavericks: Host Utah on Sunday. After that, the Mavericks have solely two of their ultimate seven video games in opposition to top-six opponents in both convention. The Jazz have three of seven.
Timberwolves: Begin a four-game journey on Sunday at Boston. They’ve gained 5 of their final seven highway video games.
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