The Dallas Mavericks struggled from the field as the Minnesota Timberwolves picked up a dominate 116-95 win at the Target Center on March 25 to secure a season series split at two games apiece. Credit the Wolves' defense as Dallas shot just 38.9 percent from the field and nailed ten of their 43 3-point tries. Minnesota dominated the second and third quarters to walk away with a comfortable victory.
Luka Doncic did his best to keep the Mavericks in the game, but it was just not enough on Friday night. The 23-year-old finished with 24 points, ten rebounds, eight assists, and one steal in 37 minutes of action, but he did not play in the final six minutes of the contest. Luka made eight of 18 from the field, and his team was outscored by 22 points when he was on the floor.
It was a night to forget for the Mavericks. Their supporting cast failed to hit shots and the defense was leaky on Friday night, but Dallas has no time to sulk as an important contest awaits on Sunday.
Mavericks dominated by Timberwolves as Luka Doncic picks up 15th technical foul
Not only was Dallas dominated by the Wolves, but Doncic picked up his 15th technical foul of the season at the end of the third quarter. He draws an automatic one-game suspension if he picks his 16th before the end of the regular season. The technical foul count resets in the playoffs, but Luka will need to be ultra-careful over the final eight games.
Dwight Powell had another strong performance against the Wolves, but he struggled with foul trouble. The 6’10 big man was limited to just 21 minutes, but he still managed to put 13 points, five rebounds, and one block on five of seven shooting from the field. It was a plus that his hot streak continued in an otherwise forgettable night for the team.
The Dallas Mavericks head back home for a massive game on Sunday night as the Utah Jazz come to Texas. The two teams have identical records, and the winner will vault into fourth in the Western Conference with just seven regular-season games remaining. Expect a bounce-back performance from Luka and the Mavs in a game that fans will not want to miss.