Before the game, Rick Carlisle had this to say about the Timberwolves, who blew a 29-point lead to the Mavericks in Dallas on Dec. 29:
"We know there's going to be motivation and its another one of those challenges of being on the road and playing the season and having those things happen. At the time, it was an important win for us and in many ways it may have gotten their season jump-started. They won 10 of 12 after that. It's extra motivation for them. We'll have to be ready for it.''
Carlisle, by the way, was pitched out of the game that night. Assistant Dwane Casey was coaching the Mavericks to their record comeback.
Asked if that was going to happen again against the Wolves, Carlisle said: "You never know. It's a little expensive, though.''