The Wolves three-game season-high losing streak ended as the return of the the efficiency that made them so successful in the first couple weeks of the season helped them overcome the Mavericks in Dallas as the Wolves won 112-106.
Among the culprits for Minnesota, Kevin Martin had 27 points on 14 shots, Kevin Love had 21 on 14, and Nikola Pekovic had 21 on 13.
Pek was huge in the early going with 10 points in the first quarter and had 5 of his 9 rebounds on the offensive end. Love and Martin each hit some clutch threes with the shot clock running down — the Kevins both paraded to the foul line 11 times each, making a collective 77%.
The supposed softness Rick Adelman’s philosophy of not fouling — the Mavs went to the line only 11 times, not that they get there a lot relying on jump shooters as much as they do — gave the Wolves 30 trips to the free throw line and a 21-9 point advantage.
Despite allowing the Mavericks to shoot 49% from the floor and score over 50 points in the paint, the Wolves limited the Mavs to 7-24 (29%) shooting from 3.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute made his Wolves debut with 4 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, a +10 +/- and he guarded at least three different positions in 26 minutes.
Corey Brewer went three of five from distance.
Dante Cunningham looks to have rediscovered his shooting touch, going 4-6 tonight.
Monta Ellis continued his resurgent season as he led Dallas with 26 points on 9-15 shooting with 6 assists, 6 rebounds and 2 steals.
Dirk Nowitzki overcame double-teams and denying defense to make 10-13 shots and dish 6 assists.
DeJuan Blair continued to produce off the Dallas bench, with 8 rebounds and 11 points in 22 minutes.
Minnesota plays tomorrow night in Oklahoma City.