Kevin Love put up 21 points and recorded 11 rebounds, his 17th double-double of the season, to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a close victory over the Dallas Mavericks, 112-106. The Timberwolves shot 40-79 (50.6%) from the field and dominated the offensive glass, pulling down 14 boards. Minnesota (9-9) entered the game on a 3 losing streak.
Love went 6-14 (2-5 from three-point range) and 7-11 from the free throw line. Other key players for Minnesota included Nikola Pekovic with 21 points and 9 rebounds, and Ricky Rubio with 12 points and 7 assists. Monta Ellis had another big game for Dallas despite the loss, scoring 26 points on 9-15 shooting (3-5 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 5-5 from the free throw line. Dirk Nowitzki chipped in 23 points and 6 assists, Samuel Dalembert finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds, and DeJuan Blair put up 11 points and 8 rebounds.
Along with their eFG% of 57.6%, the Timberwolves connected at a rate of 42.3% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (2-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Mavericks are 0-1 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
This drops Dallas (10-8) to 0-2 against Minnesota on the year.
Coming up, the Timberwolves square off against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are 11-3 on the season. The Mavericks go up against the Charlotte Bobcats, currently sitting at 8-9 this year. The Timberwolves are 1-0 versus Oklahoma City this season.