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Associated Press, Published March 03 2010

NBA: Nowitzki, Terry lead Mavs over Wolves

DALLAS – Dirk Nowitzki overcame a slow shooting start to finish with 22 points, including the go-ahead basket, and the Dallas Mavericks stretched their NBA-best winning streak to nine in a row with a 112-109 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

With veteran point guard Jason Kidd getting a night off for the Mavericks, who played their 10th game in 16 days since the All-Star break, Jason Terry had 26 points and rookie Rodrigue Beaubois tied his season high with 17.

Nowitzki missed his first five field goals before finally sinking a 17-footer with eight minutes left in third quarter. When he penetrated for a 12-footer with 6:08 left in the game, that gave Dallas the lead for good.

Corey Brewer had 24 points for Minnesota, which has lost 10 of its last 11 games.

Minnesota 28 25 34 22 – 109

Dallas 30 30 29 23 – 112

MINNESOTA (109): Gomes 5-11 0-0 11, Hollins 6-7 2-4 14, Milicic 3-3 0-0 6, Flynn 9-15 0-0 19, Brewer 6-16 10-12 24, Love 5-9 2-2 14, Pavlovic 2-5 0-0 5, Wilkins 2-4 2-3 6, Sessions 3-6 0-0 6, Pecherov 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 42-79 18-23 109.

DALLAS (112): Marion 8-14 0-0 17, Nowitzki 6-14 10-10 22, Haywood 4-6 0-0 8, Barea 4-8 0-0 8, Butler 6-15 2-2 14, Terry 9-18 3-3 26, Beaubois 6-9 2-3 17, Najera 0-1 0-0 0, Stevenson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 43-86 17-18 112.

3-Point Goals – Minnesota 7-21 (Love 2-3, Brewer 2-6, Pavlovic 1-3, Flynn 1-3, Gomes 1-3, Wilkins 0-1, Pecherov 0-2), Dallas 9-17 (Terry 5-8, Beaubois 3-5, Marion 1-1, Butler 0-1, Najera 0-1, Stevenson 0-1). Fouled Out – None. Rebounds – Minnesota 54 (Love 14), Dallas 32 (Marion, Haywood 7). Assists – Minnesota 21 (Flynn, Brewer 4), Dallas 23 (Terry 5). Total Fouls – Minnesota 23, Dallas 21. Technicals – Milicic, Minnesota Coach Rambis, Najera, Dallas defensive three second. A – 19,511 (19,200).