Marion, Chandler Lead Mavericks Over Timberwolves
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DALLAS (AP) – Shawn Marion scored 16 points, leading a productive effort by Dallas’ reserves, and the Mavericks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-86 on Wednesday night for their seventh consecutive victory.
Tyson Chandler had 14 rebounds in the third quarter, setting a Mavericks record for any quarter, and finished with 18 overall. Lorenzo Williams and Popeye Jones shared the previous quarter mark of 12 boards.
J.J. Barea scored 14 points and Jason Terry had 12 as Dallas’ backups outscored their counterparts 59-32.
The Mavericks were playing their sixth game in nine nights, and they were able to rest stars Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and Caron Butler. Nowitzki and Butler had 10 points apiece.
Dallas has won 16 of the last 17 meetings with Minnesota.
Kevin Love, the NBA’s top rebounder, had 12 points and 15 boards for the Timberwolves, who lost their fifth straight. Michael Beasley scored 16 as Minnesota fell to 1-9 on the road.
Marion’s 11 points contributed to a 33-14 first-half advantage in reserve scoring, and the Mavericks held a 55-43 edge at the break.
Brian Cardinal hit back-to-back 3-pointers for Dallas over the final 2:09 of the third quarter, completing a 14-6 run and helping the Mavs to an 83-64 advantage heading into the fourth. Dallas went on to lead by as many as 24 in the final quarter.
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