The Timberwolves broke their two game losing streak with an impressive 116-108 win over Dallas at Target Center. Kevin Love and Kevin Martin each scored 32 points in the win, but it was Love's domination on the boards (15 rebounds), and 8 assists that played the major factor.
With forward Derrick Williams on the bench with a tight back, Rick Adelman shortened his bench and went with an eight player rotation in the second half in the win.
"I decided to cut it, close it down. I was going to play JJ and Ricky and Kevin (in the guard spot) and Robbie behind Cory and then Dante and then Kevin Love," said Adelman "I thought we had a day off tomorrow and I just wanted to get a rhythm in the second half and that's easier to do when you're only playing 8 guys at the time."
Corey Brewer and Nikola Pekovic scored 17 and 15 respectively for the Wolves who take tomorrow off before heading to Los Angeles for a back-to-back with the Lakers and Clippers on Sunday and Monday.
Martin shot over 50 percent (10-19) from the field and paced the way at the free throw line making 9-of-10 at the line.
"It was a step that we needed. We finished with a win, every time you finish with a win you learn a lesson and what you should do," Martin said. "I think we learned a lesson that we need to play together and you'll be fine"
The Wolves held Dirk Nowitzki to just 14 points on 5-for-11 shooting from the field. Monta Ellis led Dallas with 23 while Jose Calderon added 21 in the loss. The Maverics fall to 3-3 with the loss.
"When we get the stops, we were making something bad on offense as well. When we were at a 4 point game we were making the turnover or something like that," said Calderon. "So it wasn't just all about getting a stop and them scoring. We were getting those stops we couldn't just do a stop and a basket. We were just making little mistakes."
Love came just two assists shy of a triple-double after posting six of his eight assists in the first quarter.
"He really passed the ball well. He could have had a triple-double; we missed a lot lay-ups in the first half. We had a lot of opportunity to make some baskets," Adelman said about his all-star. "Those are the things we have to find out going down the stretch. What do we do with both Kevin's? How do we get them the ball, we did a nice job in the fourth quarter of finding those two guys"