Wolves lose again 11 Jan 16

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 points, converted a big three-point play and grabbed a key loose ball in the final seconds to lead the Dallas Mavericks over the skidding Minnesota Timberwolves 93-87 on Sunday.

With many of the Mavericks struggling, Nowitzki again showed he can carry his team at 37 years old. He hit four of Dallas’ six 3-pointers to help overcome an off night from the starting backcourt.

Wesley Matthews and Deron Williams came into the game averaging 14.5 and 13.2 points per game, respectively. They shot a combined 3 for 18, with their first field goals coming late in the fourth.

After attempting 44 3-pointers Friday at Milwaukee, the Mavericks tried only 20 against the Timberwolves, who have dropped six straight and 10 of 11. Minnesota didn’t get much production from the perimeter, either, hitting only four of 16 attempts from behind the arc.