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Brian Cardinal stripped Nowitzki while he was driving for a layup, and Rodney Carney scored on a breakaway dunk to give the Timberwolves a 46-30 cushion with 6:30 left in the opening half.
Carlisle argued the non-call on Nowitzki and was given two quick technicals by official Gary Zielinski. It was Carlisle's first ejection with Dallas, and assistant Dwane Casey -- who once coached the Timberwolves -- ran the team for the remainder of the game.
Jefferson hit two free throws to extend Minnesota's lead to 60-35. That capped a 20-5 run.
The Timberwolves outscored the Mavericks 35-20 in the second quarter.
Notes: Minnesota G Mike Miller (sprained right ankle) missed his fifth straight game. ... Mavericks G Jose Barea left with a left shoulder strain and did not return. ... Football players from Mississippi and Texas Tech were in attendance. The Rebels and Red Raiders are in town to play in the Cotton Bowl on Friday.
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