Kevins Love and Martin both scored 32 points as the Timberwolves beat the Dallas Mavericks 116-108 to improve to 4-2 on the season. Martin had 23 points second half points (on 7-11 shooting) while Love made the only two shots he took in the fourth quarter — one a step-back 3 and the other a baseline fadeaway part of a 9-0 run during the final minutes that put the game out of Dallas’s reach — both were huge down the stretch.
Love’s monster game came with 15 rebounds and 8 assists, one off his career high and two from a triple-double. Wolves coach Rick Adelman in his post game press conference mentioned Love’s ability to find people as something that will feed itself, saying “as he finds his cutting teammates they’ll start cutting harder — except Corey [Brewer], because Corey cuts hard all the time.” Love connected with Brewer on multiple outlet passes leaking out early on as Brewer had 17 points on 7-14 shooting (13 in the first quarter).
Adelman’s rotations were adjusted to accommodate for the absence of Derrick Williams, as he missed his first game of the season due to injury with back spasms. Some signs of life from the Wolves bench as Dante Cunningham and JJ Barea meshed with the starters as Adelman staggered his substitutions instead of employing an entire second line.
Dallas got 44 points out of their backcourt, as Jose Calderon hit 6-8 three-pointers and Monta Ellis made like Ellis and scored 24 points on 23 shots. Dirk Nowitzki had 2 points on 1-4 shooting in the second half and finished the night with 14 points on 5-11.
- Nikola Pekovic finished with an encouraging 15 points on 4-9 shooting and 7-8 from the line.
- Quote of the night: “OH, is it nice to have a 2-guard!” – Wolves’ Radio announcer, Alan Horton.
- Robbie Hummel had his first two NBA points.
- Ricky Rubio struggled with his shot, finishing 2-8 with 6 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.
The Wolves face the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday night in LA at 8:30 CST.