Field Level Media
20 Dec 2021, 14:05 GMT+10
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 24 points, D'Angelo Russell added 22, and the Minnesota Timberwolves held connected for a 111-105 triumph implicit the visiting Dallas Mavericks connected Sunday nighttime successful Minneapolis.
Jaylen Nowell finished with 16 points disconnected the seat for Minnesota, which has won 4 games successful a row. Malik Beasley contributed 13 points and Jaden McDaniels tallied 12.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 28 points connected 10-for-19 shooting for the Mavericks. Dorian Finney-Smith finished with 23 points connected 9-for-13 shooting, and Jalen Brunson registered a double-double with 18 points and 11 assists.
The people was tied astatine 91 with 10 minutes remaining. Minnesota past went connected a 12-6 run, capped by a McDaniels 3-pointer, to drawback a 103-97 vantage with 4:29 to go.
The Timberwolves preserved the pb the remainder of the way, arsenic the closest Dallas got was 105-103 with 1:57 to play. Towns drained a 3-pointer 12 seconds aboriginal to widen the lead.
The Mavericks led 88-86 astatine the extremity of the 3rd quarter. Dallas trailed by arsenic galore arsenic 9 points during the play but finished the 4th connected an 18-7 run.
Minnesota built a 56-50 pb astatine the half.
The Timberwolves enjoyed a 13-0 tally during the archetypal 4th to alteration a 13-9 shortage into a 22-13 lead. McDaniels started the tally with a 3-pointer disconnected an assistance from Towns, and Russell punctuated it with a 3-pointer disconnected a provender from Naz Reid.
Dallas battled backmost and yet regained the pb midway done the 2nd quarter. Brunson deed a pull-up leap changeable to marque it 35-34 successful favour of the Mavericks with 7:41 to go.
The Timberwolves climbed backmost connected apical 56-46 with 26 seconds remaining successful the half. But aft Jarred Vanderbilt and caput manager Chris Finch each drew a method foul, the Mavericks sank 4 escaped throws earlier the interruption to propulsion backmost wrong six.
Timberwolves players Anthony Edwards and Taurean Prince each missed their 2nd crippled successful a enactment arsenic they remained successful COVID-19 wellness and information protocols.
Dallas missed 7 players including Luka Doncic (left ankle), Willie Cauley-Stein (personal reasons), Josh Green (health and information protocols), Reggie Bullock (health and information protocols), Frank Ntilikina (illness), Eugene Omoruyi (right foot) and Sterling Brown (left foot).
--Field Level Media