NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Minnesota 35 15 28 24 102
Dallas 34 27 27 26 114
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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 , December 21, 2021
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas  Attendance: 20,056

Wolves going for 5th consecutive win, second straight vs. Mavs

According to STATS
According to STATS

Minnesota Timberwolves at Dallas Mavericks

  1. Minnesota beat the Mavs on Sunday at home, 111-105, after outscoring Dallas by eight in the fourth quarter. The series heads to Dallas where the Mavs have won their last three meetings with the T-Wolves.
  2. The Timberwolves are .500 or better through 30 games for the first time since going 17-13 in the 2017-18 season. Last year, the team was 7-23 at the 30-game point.
  3. Karl-Anthony Towns is two rebounds shy of 5000 in his career along with his 10,060 points. At 26 years and 36 days, Towns would be the second youngest player in the last 30 seasons to reach 10,000 points and 5,000 rebounds, behind Dwight Howard (25y, 95d) and just ahead of Shaquille O'Neal (26y, 44d).
  4. Dallas has shot under 30 percent from three-point range in six games in December, which is two more than any other NBA team. The Mavs had just four such games total in October and November.
  5. In his 10 starts this season, Jalen Brunson is averaging 20.1 points per contest, but the Mavs are just 3-7 in those games. When Brunson plays as a sub, he averages 12.0 points, and the team is 11-7.
  6. Only the Jazz are averaging more three-point attempts per game than Minnesota, who is taking 42.0 per game (1259/30). Only five teams in NBA history have taken more threes in their first 30 games of a season than this year's T-Wolves.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will try to win their fifth game in a row when they visit the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.

This is the back end of a home-and-home series between the teams.

On Sunday night, the Timberwolves held on for a 111-105 win at home over the Mavericks. Karl-Anthony Towns led the way with 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Minnesota, and D'Angelo Russell added 22 points while shooting 4 of 7 from long distance.

As for Dallas, Tim Hardaway Jr. provided a bright spot with 28 points on 10-of-19 shooting. But the Mavericks were hindered by injuries and illnesses, and they will remain short-handed as they prepare to tip off in Texas.

Luka Doncic is expected to miss his fifth game in a row because of right ankle soreness. Teammate Kristaps Porzingis is questionable to play because of a sore right toe.

Meanwhile, the Mavericks announced Monday that Maxi Kleber had joined Reggie Bullock and Josh Green in the league's health and safety protocols. Kleber played nearly 31 minutes on Sunday, finishing with six points and a team-high 14 rebounds.

Hardaway said he and his teammates were trying to stay vigilant with COVID-19 on the rise.

"Just stay safe and do your best to try to get ready for games," Hardaway said. "Obviously, everybody sees it. But we can only control what we can control, and that's going out there with the guys we have and playing hard."

The Timberwolves also have dealt with uncertainties because of COVID-19. Anthony Edwards and Taurean Prince have missed two games in a row as they wait to be cleared from the league's health and safety protocols.

On Monday, more bad news arrived for Minnesota, as Patrick Beverley and Jarred Vanderbilt also were forced to enter health and safety protocols. Another player, Josh Okogie, entered the protocols shortly before Sunday's game.

Minus Beverley and Vanderbilt, the Timberwolves will be without two of their top defenders. Vanderbilt in particular has come on strong this season, averaging a career-high 8.6 rebounds per game to go along with 6.1 points, 1.2 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.8 blocks.

"The real calibration is how his teammates respond to him," Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch said. "His teammates love to watch him play. They know he has their back. They'll make mistakes. He can cover for them.

"He's not looking to score. He's just looking to defend, get rebounds, make hustle plays and keep playing no matter what. No matter how many times he gets hit in the face, he keeps playing."

Teammates have appreciated Vanderbilt's hard-nosed approach.

"If you don't pay attention to him, you'll look up and he'll get six offensive rebounds in two possessions, you never know," Russell said. "I think he's bringing awareness around that position, not just in the league but just as any young player that's trying to model their game or (doesn't) realize there's other ways to get to it versus trying to be the Steph Currys or the LeBrons. You can be 'Vando' nowadays, and it can get you a lot of money."

Dallas is 7-7 at home this season. Minnesota is 6-6 on the road.

--Field Level Media

Updated December 20, 2021

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