Tuesday , Feb , 27 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Streak hits 13 as Mavs thrash T’Wolves

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points, grabbed 14
rebounds, and led the Dallas Mavericks to their 13th straight win, a 91-65
rout of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Mavs are now one win shy of their
franchise-record victory surge, set at the start of the 2002-03 season.

Jason Terry scored 18 points and doled out seven assists, and Josh Howard
came back from a sprained ankle suffered Monday night to score 17 points and
rake in seven rebounds for the Mavs. DeSagana Diop pulled down 10 rebounds for
Dallas, which has its second 13-game winning streak of the season. Dallas,
which also had a 12-game winning streak earlier in the season, is the first
team in NBA history to record three winning streaks of 12 or more games in one
season.

They can tie the franchise record winning streak Thursday at home against
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Kevin Garnett scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Timberwolves,
who shot a horrid 29.6 percent from the field. Ricky Davis also notched 15
points for Minnesota, which has lost four of five. Mark Blount added 10 points
for the Wolves.

The Wolves appeared to be shaking out of their shooting doldrums early in
the second half, opening the third quarter with a 13-7 stretch, and pulling to
within single-digits. A Davis three capped the stretch, cutting the Mavs lead
to 49-40.

That was as close as Minnesota would get, though, as Dallas quickly heated
back up, and a Nowitzki three in the final minute of the third quarter posted
the Mavs to a 68-53 lead entering the final 12 minutes.

Minnesota went out with a whimper in the fourth, scoring only 12 points as the
Mavs coasted to their largest road win of the season.

A Terry three posted the Mavs to a 24-14 lead with 1:41 left in the first
quarter, but a Davis three in the final minute pulled the Wolves to within
26-19 entering the second.

Minnesota scored only eight points in the second quarter, making only three
field goals, squandering a rare bad offensive quarter by the Mavs, who only
scored 16 points in the stanza. Minnesota missed its last 12 shots from the
field in the quarter, though, and trailed 42-27 at the break.

The Wolves shot a paltry 22.7 percent in the first half.

Game Notes

The Mavs set two defensive records, as Minnesota’s 65 points and 29.6 percent
shooting performance were both all-time lows for Dallas opponents…The Mavs
improved to 40-3 when holding the opposition under 100 points…Dallas
outrebounded the Wolves, 54-39…The Mavs are 11-0 on the second night of
back-to-back games.

DAL MIN