Rubio tallied 22 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds for the
Timberwolves, who won for the fourth time in their last five
trips to Dallas. Kevin Martin scored 19 points and J.J. Barea
added 15 against his former team as Minnesota moved within 5 1/2
games of Dallas and Memphis for the last two playoff spots in
the Western Conference.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points but missed a fallaway jumper just
before the buzzer for the Mavericks, who have split the first
two games of a franchise-record eight-game homestand. Monta
Ellis added 22 points and Shawn Marion collected 16 points and
11 rebounds for Dallas.
Robbie Hummel hit back-to-back 3-pointers midway through the
fourth period to push Minnesota's lead to 107-94, but Ellis
scored 12 straight Dallas points as the Mavericks charged back
to briefly take a 113-111 lead and force overtime. Dallas led by
five early in the extra period before Love led the Timberwolves
back, scoring his team's final six points including the go-ahead
bucket with 17.1 seconds left.
The Timberwolves shot 69.8 percent in the first quarter to build
a 37-24 lead and scored the first nine points of the second
quarter to extend the lead to 22. Dallas used a 24-5 run in the
second to get back in it, holding Minnesota to just one field
goal in a span of just over six minutes.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Minnesota's 34 wins are its most since going
44-38 in the 2004-05 season. … Nowitzki was just 11-of-27 from
the floor and missed all seven of his 3-point attempts. …
Timberwolves rookie C Gorgui Dieng started in place of Nikola
Pekovic (ankle) and recorded his second straight double-double
with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
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