Mavs continue trip against Timberwolves

Updated: March 10, 2013

Still fighting for their postseason lives, the Dallas
Mavericks will continue a four-game road trip Sunday against the Minnesota
Timberwolves at Target Center.

The Mavericks are three games off the eighth and final playoff spot in the
Western Conference and have played well the past few games. With three wins
over the previous four contests, the Mavs kept the momentum going with
Friday’s 102-99 road victory over the Detroit Pistons.

O.J. Mayo led seven Dallas players in double figures with 22 points, while
Brandan Wright scored 14 points and both Dirk Nowitzki and Mike James added 12
points for Dallas, which took the lead on Nowitzki’s basket with about two
minutes remaining.

“We didn’t do a good job when they made their run in the fourth, but we held
on,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “If you do good things in the course of
a game the basketball gods are sometimes good to you.”

Darren Collison (11), Chris Kaman (10) and Vince Carter (10) were the other
players to score in double figures.

Nowitzki had an off night scoring wise (6-of-14), but has posted 20-plus
points five times in the previous eight games. In injury news for the Mavs,
forward Shawn Marion is day-to-day with a left calf contusion.

The Mavs have been shooting well lately, making 50 percent or better from the
floor in three of the past four games. They are 13-2 this season when hitting
50 percent or more for the game.

Dallas is 11-21 away from Big D this season and still has Milwaukee and San
Antonio to visit on the road trip.

Minnesota failed in its attempt to string back-to-back wins together when it
dropped a 111-88 decision at Denver on Saturday.

Mickael Gelabale led the Timberwolves with 19 points and J.J. Barea added 15
in the loss, Minnesota’s seventh in the last eight tries. The banged-up Wolves
haven’t won two in a row since a four-game run from Dec. 7-15.

“We had nine players. The whole front line is hurt,” Timberwolves coach Rick
Adelman said. “It makes it difficult, but that’s what it is right now and we
have to find a way through it.”

Derrick Williams scored 13 points for Minnesota and has benefited with more
playing time while most of the team recovers from injury. It is still
uncertain when former All-Star forward Kevin Love (broken hand) will return.

The T’Wolves will play two in a row at home versus Dallas and San Antonio, and
are 14-15 at the Target Center. Minnesota has beaten Dallas twice in three
meetings this season, but the Mavs are a dominant 20-5 in the previous 25
contests in the series.

Dallas has prevailed in 10 of the last 12 trips to the Twin Cities.