MINNEAPOLIS -- Down by as much as 12 points, the Dallas Mavericks just didn't make the necessary plays down the stretch to overtake the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night at the Target Center.
The Mavs were able to inch within 105-102 with 3:34 left following a driving layup by Monta Ellis. But the rest of the game turned dreadful for the Mavs.
After Ellis' basket, Ellis missed a three-pointer which would have tied the game, Dirk Nowitzki misfired on a 16-footer, Ellis missed a driving layup and then committed a turnover. And Ellis followed that up with another missed three-pointer.
Jose Calderon then missed a 22-footer, but Wayne Ellington closed out the Mavs' scoring down the stretch when he nailed a pair of three-pointers.
“I thought there in the fourth quarter we were scoring at a decent clip, but the defense was killing us,'' said Nowitzki, who finished wiht 14 points, three rebounds and four turnovers. "That one stop or two stops in a row we could never get so we could actually tie the ballgame up and actually make
this real interesting.
"We've got to get better defensively. That’s the bottom line.’’
-- Dwain Price
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