NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Minnesota 22 29 26 45 122
Dallas 43 28 24 32 127
5:30 PM PT6:30 PM MT7:30 PM CT8:30 PM ET1:30 GMT9:30 6:30 PM MST8:30 PM EST5:30 UAE (+1)02:3020:30 ET7:30 PM CT23:30 , February 8, 2021
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas  Attendance: 1,000

Mavs hope to build on Luka Doncic's monster game

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Minnesota Timberwolves at Dallas Mavericks

  1. Dallas has won five of its last six games against Minnesota dating back to the start of the 2018-19 season, including the last three in a row. The Mavericks have scored 123.0 points per game in those meetings; they've only averaged more against the Cavs (126.5) and Warriors (125.0) in that time.
  2. The Timberwolves are 1-3 on their current five-game road trip that ends in Dallas on Monday, including splitting a pair of games in Oklahoma City over the weekend. Minnesota is 6-29 on the road since the start of December 2019, worst in the NBA in that time.
  3. Naz Reid scored a career-high 29 points in the Timberwolves' loss in Oklahoma City on Saturday, the third time he's scored at least 20 points in an NBA game. Reid led Minnesota in scoring in all three of those games, the only three times he's led the team in scoring.
  4. The Mavs split a pair of games against the Warriors on Thursday and Saturday, with both teams hitting at least 20 threes in both games. It was the first time in NBA history a team scored and allowed 20 threes in two straight games.
  5. Luka Doncic (42 points, 11 assists) posted the sixth 40-point, 10-assist game of his career on Saturday, all since the start of last season. Doncic is tied with Trae Young and Damian Lillard for the most 40-and-10 games in that time.
  6. The Mavs (.338) are the worst three-point shooting team in the NBA this season while Minnesota (.343) ranks 28th. Dallas has shot 54.1 percent (8th-best) on twos while the Wolves (49.5 percent) rank 25th.

Rick Carlisle played with Larry Bird and coached Reggie Miller.

So when the Dallas Mavericks coach makes a comparison to those two, it carries some weight.

Those were the names that came to Carlisle's mind after the Mavericks' Luka Doncic went toe-to-toe with two-time MVP Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors in a nationally televised game Saturday night.

Curry had the second-highest scoring game of his career with 57 points, but Doncic tied his career high with 42 points and added 11 assists and seven rebounds as the Mavericks snapped a six-game home losing streak with a 134-132 victory.

Doncic and the Mavericks will look to build on that when they play host to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.

"The basketball floor is his stage," Carlisle said of his 21-year-old star. "Guys like him ... when there's another player on the other team raising his game to the level that Curry was, you feel an obligation, if you're that kind of player.

"I saw (Larry) Bird do it. I saw (Reggie) Miller do it. You just dig deep and you find a way to try to match the guy, and try to match the guy for your team. And that's what he did. Whether it was shot-making. Whether it was play-making. Whether it was getting to the free-throw line when we were in a rut. He was spectacular."

Doncic, who is second to Curry among Western Conference guards in voting for the All-Star Game, scored 25 or more points for the 10th consecutive game, the third player in franchise history to do so. Mark Aguirre and Dirk Nowitzki share the team record with 13-game streaks.

Doncic, who assisted on Maxi Kleber's 3-pointer that gave the Mavs a four-point lead with 5.6 seconds remaining, said he drew inspiration from facing Curry.

"Going against Steph, it's fun," he said. "I've got to have more fun playing the game, to be who I was before. I've just got to get back to enjoying the game."

Kristaps Porzingis added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Mavericks, who avenged a 31-point loss to Golden State two nights earlier on the same court.

The Timberwolves suffered a 120-118 loss Saturday at Oklahoma City after allowing 83 first-half points.

Naz Reid scored a career-high 29 points as Minnesota rallied from a 23-point deficit, but missed a layup that would have tied the score with two seconds to play.

"Sometimes we just have our moments," Reid said. "We're not good enough to have our moments. We have to be on our P's and Q's for the entire game."

The Timberwolves were without Jarrett Culver (left ankle sprain), D'Angelo Russell (right quad soreness) and Karl-Anthony Towns (health and safety protocols).

"You have to ask, did we deserve to win that one?" Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders said. "Giving up 83 in a half, you don't do your work early enough. You just dig yourself a hole. I'm happy with the effort in the second half. But that first half just wasn't acceptable."

The Mavericks are set to allow fans at American Airlines Center for the first time this season Monday. The team said it will invite up to 1,500 essential workers to attend for free.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 7, 2021

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