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Associated Press, Published January 14 2013

Mavericks hand Wolves another loss

DALLAS – Darren Collison led six players in double figures with 23 points and the Dallas Mavericks matched their season high with a third straight win in a 113-98 victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

The Mavericks overcame an early spark from former Dallas guard J.J. Barea, who became a starter midway through the 2011 NBA finals against Miami and helped the franchise rally to its first title.

Barea, who was injured in two previous trips to Dallas, led the Timberwolves with 21 points. He kept Minnesota close in the first half and had a hand in a fourth-quarter rally that cut a

23-point deficit to eight.

The Timberwolves finished an 0-4 road trip that coach Rick Adelman missed for personal reasons.

O.J. Mayo and Elton Brand had 20 points each for Dallas. It was a season high for Brand. Mayo also had nine assists.

Minnesota trailed by nine in the third quarter when Dallas guard Jae Crowder beat the shot clock with a

3-pointer moments before Ricky Rubio was called for a technical foul from the bench. Less than a minute later, Alexey Shved was called for kicking out his leg when he made a 3-pointer, negating the shot. Shawn Marion scored on the other end, and Mayo followed with a 3-pointer to put the Mavericks ahead

83-67 late in the third quarter.

The Dallas run eventually reached 19-5 for a 91-68 lead before the Timberwolves rallied. They thought they were within seven after Barea hit a 3-pointer with 3:16 left and the Mavericks called timeout. During the break, the deficit grew to eight at 101-93 after officials reviewed an earlier 3-pointer by Rubio and made it a 2 instead.

Nikola Pekovic had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves.

Minnesota 19 26 25 28 – 98

Dallas 26 29 36 22 – 113

MINNESOTA (98): Kirilenko 3-9 4-4 10, D.Cunningham 6-18 0-0 12, Pekovic 8-11 4-10 20, Ridnour 3-9 0-0 7, Shved 1-7 4-4 7, Rubio 2-3 2-2 6, Barea 6-13 5-5 21, Williams 4-10 1-2 9, Stiemsma 2-5 2-2 6. Totals 35-85 22-29 98.

DALLAS (113): Marion 2-8 1-2 5, Nowitzki 5-12 0-0 10, Kaman 5-6 0-0 10, Collison 7-11 8-8 23, Mayo 8-11 1-1 20, Brand 10-13 0-0 20, Carter 3-5 3-3 10, Da.Jones 1-2 0-0 2, Beaubois 1-3 2-2 4, Wright 0-0 0-0 0, Crowder 3-4 0-0 7, M.James 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 46-77 15-16 113.

3-Point Goals: Minnesota 6-20 (Barea 4-7, Shved 1-3, Ridnour 1-4, Williams 0-3, Kirilenko 0-3), Dallas 6-13 (Mayo 3-4, Collison 1-1, Carter 1-1, Crowder 1-2, Marion 0-1, Da.Jones 0-1, Nowitzki 0-3). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: Minnesota 53 (Pekovic 12), Dallas 36 (Marion 8). Assists: Minnesota 19 (Rubio 6), Dallas 33 (Mayo, Collison 9). Total Fouls: Minnesota 15, Dallas 23. Technicals: Rubio, Collison. A: 19,486 (19,200).