The Dallas Mavericks came into its Sunday match-up against the Minnesota Timberwolves looking to build momentum from the 122-116 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Friday and while Minnesota tried to make it interesting in the second quarter the Mavericks cruised to the 128-101 victory to improve its record to 32-28 on the year.
Outside of the 29 points contributed by Chandler Parsons the best part of the convincing victory for Dallas is that the starters were able to watch the fourth quarter from the bench. Dirk Nowitzki, who scored 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting, only played 17 minutes. For the 18-year vet the opportunity to rest in the middle of a stretch like this in the season could go a long way towards Dallas improving its playoff seeding.
Minnesota was playing its second game in two nights and it showed as the young T-wolves did not have their jump shooting legs and only connected on 37% of 90 shot attempts on the evening.
The one bright spot for head coach Sam Mitchell was the 24 point performance from Shabazz Muhammad on only 7-of-13 shot attempts. If the third year man from UCLA can continue to improve, he will be another young piece that Minnesota fans can look forward to watching for years to come.
No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft Karl Anthony towns had another double-double as he grabbed 11 rebounds to go with his 12 points but in the “how did that happen” moment in the loss for the Timberwolves, Towns was tied for sixth in shot attempts with only nine on the night. He is the best player on the roster so for him to receive as few shots as he did was inexcusable.
We caught up with Charles Boyd from the Big Game Christian Sports Network to discuss the game from beginning to end.