Dallas (38-10) at Minnesota (29-20)

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  • Game info: 8:00 pm EST Tue Feb 11, 2003
  • TV: FSSW, FSN
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MINNEAPOLIS (TICKER) Kevin Garnett tries to build on his All-Star Game success on Tuesday as the red-hot Minnesota Timberwolves host the league-leading Dallas Mavericks at the Target Center.

Garnett dominated Sunday’s All-Star Game, scoring 37 points on 17-of-24 shooting in 41 minutes. He also collected nine rebounds and five steals en route to earning Most Valuable Player honors.

Garnett scored nine points in the game’s decisive second overtime. He leads the Timberwolves in points (22.0), rebounds (12.8), assists (5.7), steals (1.25) and blocks (1.51) this season.

The Timberwolves have won 12 of their last 16 games and posted a 103-89 victory over the Houston Rockets last Tuesday.

Garnett had 23 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists and Rasho Nesterovic scored 19 points for Minnesota, which won for the eighth time in 10 games and moved a season-high nine games over .500.

The Timberwolves have won nine straight home games since losing to Utah on on January 4 and are 19-5 at the Target Center this season.

Dallas has the league’s best record at 38-10 but suffered a 110-109 loss to the Sacramento Kings in their final game before the All-Star break last Tuesday.

Dirk Nowitzki collected 28 points and 16 rebounds and Michael Finley added 28 points for the Mavericks, who had a four-game winning streak snapped and lost for just the second time in eight games.

Steve Nash had 13 points and a season-high 14 assists as Dallas played without guard Adrian Griffin due to a sore right knee.

Nowitzki and Nash represented the Mavericks in Sunday’s All-Star Game. Nowitzki scored nine points and Nash collected two points, five rebounds and three assists.

Dallas, which opens a three-game road trip, has won four straight road game to improve to 17-6 away from American Airlines Center.

The Mavericks posted a 112-109 home victory against the Timberwolves on January 30 and have won seven of the last 10 meetings between the teams.

Forward Eduardo Najera and center Evan Eschmeyer, who have missed most of the season after undergoing knee surgeries, were activated by the Mavericks on Tuesday.

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