Timberwolves, Mavericks clash in Big D

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Updated: January 14, 2013

The Dallas Mavericks look to match a season high with three straight wins when they resume a four-game homestand Monday night versus the Minnesota Timberwolves at American Airlines Center.

The Mavericks have won two in a row and opened the homestand with Saturday’s
104-83 victory over the Southwest Division-rival Memphis Grizzlies behind
Shawn Marion’s 20 points. Dirk Nowitzki had 17 points and Chris Kaman added 14
for the Mavericks, who have won two straight on the heels of a four-game skid.

“This whole season has been work,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “It’s
been challenging and it’s going to continue to be that, but we’re showing some
signs of coming together in some different ways and we’ve just got to
continue.”

Dallas is 9-7 in Big D this season and put an end to its four-game losing
streak as the host. The Mavs will also entertain Houston and Oklahoma City on
the residency and have won three in a row on two occasions this season.

Minnesota is mired in a three-game slide and will wrap up a four-game road
trip this evening.

The Timberwolves dropped a 106-88 decision against the San Antonio Spurs on
Sunday as J.J. Barea shook off a balky back and scored 15 points. Nikola
Pekovic added 14 and Luke Ridnour chipped in 13 points and six assists for the
Timberwolves, who haven’t won in San Antonio since the 2003-04 season.

“We couldn’t knock down shots and (their bench) did a good job with their
energy, getting some opportunities for them and getting them back in a
rhythm,” said Wolves acting head coach Terry Porter.

Minnesota coach Rick Adelman is at home with his ill wife and the Wolves are
also without star forward Kevin Love (broken hand).

After visiting Dallas, the Timberwolves, who are 6-13 as the visitor, will
return to the Twin Cities for two straight games versus the Clippers and
Rockets.

The T’Wolves have defeated the Mavericks twice this season, but Dallas has won
19 of the past 24 encounters. Minnesota has lost 10 of 13 in Big D.