Anthony Edwards scored 27 points, collected a season-best 13 rebounds and had nine assists to help the Minnesota Timberwolves win 116-106 over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night in Minneapolis in their first head-to-head game. between two teams.
Naz Reid contributed 27 points and 13 bounces as the Timberwolves won the contest for the third consecutive time. The win came one night after Minnesota set a franchise record for points in a 150-126 game against the Chicago Bulls.
When you’re number 1️⃣, every night is special.
27 PTS / 13 REB / 9 AST / 2 BLK / 1 STL pic.twitter.com/penxDQVAMk
– Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) December 20, 2022
Jaylen Nowell scored 18 points as a substitute, Austin Rivers added 16 and Jaden McDaniels scored 13 for the Timberwolves.
Luka Doncic scored 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Mavericks but his franchise record of 36 consecutive 20-pointers was halted when referee Rodney Mott sent him off. he was off the field with two minutes left in the third half. Dallas coach Jason Kidd was also fired.
Spencer Dinwiddie made 5 3-pointers and led the Mavericks with 20 points, Davis Bertans scored 18 points with 6 3-pointers and Christian Wood added 15 points and 13 rebounds. Kemba Walker scored 14 points for Dallas and Dorian Finney-Smith had 9 points after 28 minutes before leaving with an extra strain.
The teams meet on Wednesday night in Minneapolis.
Rudy Gobert (ankle) missed the third game in a row and Minnesota teammate Kyle Anderson (back spasm) was also sidelined.
Tim Hardaway Jr. (not COVID), Josh Green (elbow), Maxi Kleber (hamstring) and Dwight Powell (thigh) sidelined for the Mavericks.
Minnesota has a 47.2% shot rate, including 12/31 shots from 3-point range.
Dallas took 40.8% of his shots and was 19 of 45 from behind the arc.
The Mavericks were leading 85-69 during a pause at the end of the third quarter when Doncic said something to Mott. Doncic seemed stunned as he was thrown, and Kidd angrily dashed towards the official and was held back while launching himself.
Edwards hit all four techniques to take Minnesota’s lead to 20.
The Timberwolves had a 94-74 lead going into the final stanza and maintained a double-digit lead throughout the game even though Bertans made five innings for Dallas.
Doncic took three points late in the first half as the Mavericks led 30-21.
The Timberwolves exploded in the second quarter shooting 59.1% (13 out of 22) while Dallas only made 25% (4 out of 16) of its shots. Minnesota finished the half 21-5 and overcame the Mavericks 36-14 to hold a 57-44 advantage at halftime.
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