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12/01/2013 12:16 AM EST
Wolves snap 3-game skid, win 112-106 at Dallas
MINNESOTA 112, DALLAS 106

By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer

DALLAS (AP) -- Luc Mbah a Moute figured things out in a hurry
with Minnesota. Kevin Martin and Kevin Love paced the
Timberwolves like they do so often.

Martin had 27 points with some key baskets down the stretch,
Love had his usual double-double, and the Timberwolves snapped a
three-game losing streak with a 112-106 victory Saturday night
over the suddenly slipping Dallas Mavericks.

"We found (Martin). They lost sight of him a couple times, and
he ended up knocking down the big 3s," coach Rick Adelman said.
"That just turned the whole game."

Martin made two free throws with just under 6 minutes left to
put Minnesota up 94-90. Ricky Rubio then had a steal that led to
a long fast-break jumper by Martin, who later beat the shot
clock with a jumper and then added a 3-pointer. That stretched
the lead to 103-92, matching the Wolves' largest, with 3:12
left.

Love, who finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds, also had a
buzzer-beating shot. His 3-pointer with just under 2 minutes
left made it 106-95, effectively ending any comeback bid for the
Mavericks, who lost for the second night in a row and the fourth
time in five games.

"We made them take tough shots, and we live with the results,"
Martin said, crediting the defense more than his scoring.

Mbah a Moute, acquired Tuesday from Sacramento for former No. 2
overall pick Derrick Williams, made his Minnesota debut after
going through just one shootaround session with his new team. He
played 26 minutes with four points, seven rebounds and two
blocked shots.

"He looked good. A little rusty, but the more he plays, the more
he gets in tune with what we're going to, the better he's going
to be for us," Love said. "He's going to be very good for us
because he's so versatile."

All five starters scored in double figures for Minnesota, which
had lost five of its previous six games. Nikola Pekovic also had
21 points, while Corey Brewer had 13 and Rubio 12.

The Timberwolves also went to the free throw line 30 times, 19
more than the home team.

"We were very active. We felt that we moved the ball," Adelman
said. "When we went to our strength, they were going to have a
hard time guarding us."

Monta Ellis scored 26 points and Dirk Nowitzki had 23 for
Dallas.

The Mavericks lost 88-87 at Atlanta on Friday night after
blowing a 17-point lead in the second half and losing starting
point guard Jose Calderon because of a bone bruise on his right
ankle. Calderon didn't play against the Timberwolves, and coach
Rick Carlisle described him as day to day.

Ellis put the Mavs up 66-64 Saturday when Shawn Marion rebounded
a shot and passed out for a 3-pointer. Ellis tipped in a miss by
Marion to make it 68-64 midway through the third, though Dallas
ended the quarter with the same seven-point deficit it had at
halftime after both teams scored 30 points in the third.

That was also part of the 5-minute span when a bloodied Nowitzki
came out of the game, even though no foul was called when he got
hit by Rubio in a scramble for the ball. He never left the
bench, getting treatment for the bleed near the bridge of his
nose.

The game was tied at 71 when Nowitzki came back in with 3:50
left, and he almost immediately had an assist on a go-ahead,
18-foot jumper by Ellis.

After J.J. Barea had a turnover on a bad pass, Nowitzki missed a
20-footer. Barea grabbed that rebound, leading to Love's tying
short turnaround bank shot before Brewer's 3 made it 76-73 and
put Minnesota ahead to stay.

"We're going to learn about our team right now," Carlisle said.
"Lose four out of five, have a tough loss like last night and
then another tough one like tonight - it's going to test the
togetherness and the collective will."

Notes: Gal Mekel, a rookie from Israel, made his first NBA start
in place of Calderon. He had six points on 3-of-12 shooting with
seven assists. Fellow rookie Shane Larkin had four points and
two steals. "It's challenging with our young guys," Carlisle
said. "I thought both guys did some good things. ... But our
lack of experience there tonight was a factor." ... It was the
100th regular-season meeting between the teams. Dallas leads the
series 57-43, though Minnesota has won the first two of four
meetings this season. ... Mavs C Samuel Dalembert had 12 points
on 6 of 7 field goals.

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