Mavericks hold off T-wolves 104-97 behind Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki welcomed Kevin Love back from his two-game

suspension with a season-high 33 points, winning the matchup of

Western Conference All-Star power forwards and helping the Dallas

Mavericks stave off a Minnesota rally with 104-97 victory over the

Timberwolves on Friday.

Nowitzki topped 24 points for the fourth straight game by

shooting 11 for 19 from the floor, including 4 of 7 from 3-point

range. Love finished with 32 points and 12 rebounds, going 14 for

14 from the free-throw line, and sparked a late-third-quarter surge

by the Wolves to slash a 17-point deficit to 78-75 on Nikola

Pekovic’s putback to open the fourth.

But they missed a chance to sweep the season series from the

Mavericks for the first time since 1995-96.