Dallas Mavericks and the Minnesota Timberwolves battle to the last second

Photos by Michael Kolch & Dominic Ceraldi

The Timberwolves trailed by three (104-101) with under 3 minutes to go in regulation, but closed the game
on a 9-4 run en route to a two-point win (110-108). Andrew Wiggins (5) and Karl-Anthony Towns (4) combined to score Minnesotas
final nine points of the game.
 
NOTES
Mavericks rookie Luka Dončić recorded his 23
rd
double-double of the season with a team-high 27 points (11-21 FGs, 2-8 3FGs, 3-3
FTs), including 10 in the second quarter, to go along with a team-high 12 rebounds, a team-high six assists and one block in 32
minutes. His 23 double-doubles are the most by a Mavericks rookie in franchise history. It marked Dončićs 42
nd
20-point effort of
the season. Jay Vincent (53 in 1981-82) is only Dallas rookie to produce more 20-point outings in any one year.
Dončićs 27-point, 12-rebound, six-assist effort tonight marked his 13
th
game with at least 20 points, 10 boards and five assists this
season. It was also his eighth game with at least 25-10-5 this year.
Mavericks center Dwight Powell registered 25 points (8-9 FGs, 9-10 FTs), eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in
31 minutes. It was the second-highest scoring outing of Powells career (26 points at Washington 3/6/19). It marked his seventh 20-
point game of the season (11
th
career). All seven of Powells 20-point efforts this year have occurred since the All-Star break. In 21
games (19 starts) since the break, Powell is averaging 15.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 31.1 minutes per game. He is
shooting 62.2 percent (115-185 FGs) from the field, 42 percent (21-50 3FGs) from deep and 80.7 percent (71-88 FTs) from the free-
throw line in that stretch (2/22-4/3/19).
Mavericks center Salah Mejri, who posted season highs of 16 points and 14 boards vs. Philadelphia on Monday (4/1), totaled 12
points and five boards in 17 minutes against Minnesota on Wednesday (4/3). Mejri has now scored in double figures in consecutive
games after he failed to reach double digits in each of his first 31 games this season.
The Mavericks scored a season-high 64 paint points (Dallas outscored Minnesota 6446 in the paint). Their previous high was 62
paint points (twice).
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns posted his 53
rd
double-double of the season (235
th
career) with game highs of 28 points
(12-15 FGs, 4-6 FTs), 13 rebounds and three blocks to go along with three assists in 37 minutes.
The game had 18 ties and eight lead changes.
The Mavericks were within one (72-71) midway through the third quarter, but the Timberwolves used a 10-2 run to extend their lead
to nine (82-73) with 3:18 left in the period. Minnesota outscored Dallas 31-21 in the third stanza and took a 10-point advantage (89-
79) into the final frame.
Dallas was down 12 (91-79) early in the fourth quarter, but used a 25-10 rally to go up by three (104-101) with 2:45 remaining. The
Timberwolves responded by outscoring the Mavericks 9-4 in the final 2:01 however en route to a 110-108 win.
Dorian Finney-Smith (mouth laceration), Tim Hardaway Jr. (left tibia stress reaction), J.J. Barea (right Achilles surgery) and Kristaps
Porzingis (left knee surgery) all missed the game for Dallas due to injury/recovery. Jeff Teague (left foot inflammation), Derrick Rose
(right elbow surgery), Taj Gibson (left calf strain), Robert Covington (right knee bone bruise) and Luol Deng (sore left Achilles) were
out for Minnesota.
The attendance for tonights game was 19,576. The Mavericks have now sold out 717 consecutive regular-season home games,
which is an NBA-best sellout streak. The streak began on 12/15/01 and Dallas has sold out an additional 67 playoff games during
that same stretch.
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