The Minnesota Timberwolves came to a shootout with one gun, Al Jefferson. One gun wasn’t enough to win. As was the case in Chicago when Derek Rose tried to single-handedly beat the Mavericks, the short-handed Mavericks were able to leave Minnesota with their 12th straight win.
The Mavericks cannot continue to get into shootouts.
Once again the Mavericks were playing without Brendan Haywood, Erick Dampier, and Jason Terry. To add insult to injury, less than two minutes into the game Dirk Nowitzki picked up his second foul and had to take a seat on the bench for most of the first half.
Through it all, the Mavericks deserve some credit for doing what it takes to win ballgames.
The most interesting part of the winning streak is watching players filling voids. With Dirk on the bench, the rest of the team’s shots not falling, Shawn Marion filled the scoring void scoring a career high 29 points and 14 rebounds.
The Mavericks adapted their style of play to the players on their nine man bench. An up tempo, quick outlets, and drive the lane style of play got the Mavericks their 12th straight game.
J.J. Barea limped off the court a few minutes left in the game after rolling his ankle. With the injury woes the Mavericks are currently going through, it’s tough not to think positive. Early indications though are it’s simply a rolled ankle.
Nowitzki had 24 points in limited minutes due to his foul trouble, and Caron Butler continued to be a contributor with 23 points as the Mavericks beat the Timberwolves 125-112 in front of a half full Target Center.
The schedule makers have done the Mavericks a huge favor. The Mavericks will get some time off in a long stretched out home stand against sub .500 teams.
New Jersey at the AA Center on Wednesday night is the next opponent. Its also Jason Kidd bobble head night.