The Dallas Mavericks managed to take the Minnesota Timberwolves into overtime for their second game beyond regulation out of the last three. Unfortunately this one turned out the same as the last and the Twolves prevailed, pulling ahead in overtime for a 114-106 victory.
Fans were excited too see the return of Ricky Rubio and he did not disappoint, electrifying the crowd with his no look behnd-the-back passes, putting up 8 points and 9 assists in just 18 minutes on the floor. With his help, Minnesota prevailed despite missing their best player, Kevin Love, who sat out with an injury. Rubio’s spark off the bench was his first time on the court since injuring his knee last year.
The Mavericks led 32-22 after the first quarter but were outscored 32-13 in the second, giving the Timberwolves a substantial advantage at the half which lasted until the final period when the Mavs came storming back to tie the game. The overtime period proved fatal for the Mavs, however, as they came out of the gate cold and only scored 4 points.
The Mavs were paced by O. J. Mayo and Derek Fisher, who both scored 20 points, a season-high for Fisher. Elton Brand added 15 points and 7 rebounds while Shawn Marion had 14 and 10.
Rubio continued is thieving ways adding 3 steals. Overall the Twolves had balanced scoring from 6 players in double figures led by Nikola Pekovic who had 21 points and 9 rebounds.
The Mavericks dropped to 11-13 while the Timberwolves improved to 12-9. A closer look will follow on The Smoking Cuban.
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