Mavs and T-Wolves square off in Dallas
=== Mavs and T-Wolves square off in Dallas ===
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – The Dallas Mavericks are not expected to have
Dirk Nowitzki in the lineup tonight when they welcome Kevin Garnett and the
Minnesota Timberwolves to American Airlines Center for a Midwest Division
Nowitzki has an ankle injury and did not play in Dallas’ 113-103 loss at
Denver on Friday.
Antoine Walker poured in 30 points and hauled in 15 boards for the Mavericks,
who dropped their second straight game.
The Nuggets trailed late in the fourth quarter, but VoshonLenard drilled a
three-pointer from the right wing to give them a 98-96 lead with 3:20 to play
and Denver never trailed the rest of the way.
The Mavericks forged a 98-98 tie it on their next possession on a Walker
bucket in the lane. But on the ensuing possession, the Nuggets went ahead for
good on a basket by Carmelo Anthony as Denver led 100-98 with 2:40 remaining.
The next three points in the game came from the stripe, all from Nene. He hit
one with 1:47 left and then 39 seconds later, he connected on a pair to
increase the Denver margin to 103-98.
Michael Finley drilled a triple with 1:02 to play, cutting the Mavericks’
deficit to three. But that was as close as Dallas would get as Anthony
responded with another basket for the Nuggets.
Dallas is a perfect 8-0 at home this season.
Kevin Garnett posted 21 points, 18 boards and seven assists to lead Minnesota
to a 102-98 win over Memphis Friday at The Pyramid.
Sam Cassell had a game-high 25 points, while Latrell Sprewell contributed 24
points for the Timberwolves, who snapped a two-game skid.
Minnesota is 5-3 on the road.
In 2002-03, the teams split four contests as each club won once as the host
and once on the road.
The Timberwolves have won four of the last six meetings with the Mavs.