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.