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Mavs hold off Timberwolves to keep edge in conference race

Mar 21, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA;  Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) looks to score as Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) defends during the second quarter at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Dwight Powell scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks held on for a 110-108 win over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

Spencer Dinwiddie added 20 points while shooting 7 of 12 from the field for the Mavericks. Luka Doncic shot only 5 of 17 but posted a double-double with 15 points and 10 assists.

Karl-Anthony Towns, who was questionable to play because of a forearm injury, led Minnesota with 22 points and eight rebounds. D’Angelo Russell scored 18 points and Taurean Prince chipped in 17 off the bench.

Dallas (44-28) snapped a two-game skid and moved 2 1/2 games in front of Minnesota (42-31) in the Western Conference standings as both teams look to secure a spot in the top six.

The Timberwolves trailed for the majority of the fourth quarter, but Patrick Beverley finally evened the score at 99-99 on a 3-pointer with 4:36 remaining. Beverley’s basket capped a 7-0 run by Minnesota that included two free throws by Jaylen Nowell and a layup by Towns.

Thirty-five seconds later, Beverley assisted on a dunk by Malik Beasley that put the Timberwolves on top 101-100. That marked Minnesota’s first lead since midway through the second quarter.

Dallas regained a 104-103 advantage on a basket by Doncic with 2:09 to play.

A 3-pointer by Dorian Finney-Smith increased Dallas’ lead to 107-103 with 1:14 remaining.

The Timberwolves pulled within 107-105 on a dunk by Towns with one minute to go, but they quickly fell behind by five points on a 3-pointer by Reggie Bullock with 40.6 seconds left.

The Mavericks led 86-81 entering the fourth quarter.

A 30-foot, step-back jumper by Donic made it 82-70 in favor of Dallas with 2:51 remaining in the third quarter.

The Timberwolves finished the quarter on an 11-4 run to close the deficit to five points. Anthony Edwards drained a 3-pointer to start the run.

Dallas led 60-54 at the half.

A 3-pointer by Taurean Prince gave Minnesota a 36-34 lead with 7:51 to go before the break.

The Mavericks responded with a 9-0 run thanks to three free throws by Powell, a jump shot by Jalen Brunson, two free throws by Dinwiddie and a dunk by Powell.

–Field Level Media