Mavs keep rolling with win over Timberwolves
DALLAS (AP) -- Shawn Marion scored 16 points, leading a productive effort by Dallas' reserves, and the Mavericks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-86 on Wednesday night for their seventh consecutive victory.
Tyson Chandler had 14 rebounds in the third quarter, setting a Mavericks record for any quarter, and finished with 18 overall. Lorenzo Williams and Popeye Jones shared the previous quarter mark of 12 boards.
J.J. Barea scored 14 points and Jason Terry had 12 as Dallas' backups outscored their counterparts 59-32.
The Mavericks were playing their sixth game in nine nights, and they were able to rest stars Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and Caron Butler. Nowitzki and Butler had 10 points apiece.
Dallas has won 16 of the last 17 meetings with Minnesota.
Kevin Love, the NBA's top rebounder, had 12 points and 15 boards for the Timberwolves, who lost their fifth straight. Michael Beasley scored 16 as Minnesota fell to 1-9 on the road.
Marion's 11 points contributed to a 33-14 first-half advantage in reserve scoring, and the Mavericks held a 55-43 edge at the break.
Brian Cardinal hit back-to-back 3-pointers for Dallas over the final 2:09 of the third quarter, completing a 14-6 run and helping the Mavs to an 83-64 advantage heading into the fourth.
Dallas went on to lead by as many as 24 in the final quarter.
DALLAS (AP) -- Minnesota guard Jonny Flynn plans to report to the Timberwolves' development league affiliate in Sioux Falls, S.D., for a game on Friday as he works his way back from hip surgery.
Flynn has yet to play in a game this season. He had surgery on his left hip in July and has started ramping up his workouts over the past few weeks.
The second-year point guard has been dealing with expected body soreness as the intensity has increased, but is eager to return to the court to help his young team, which carried a 4-13 record into Wednesday night's game against the Dallas Mavericks.
Flynn said time on the practice court has helped his conditioning, but he needs to get into a game.
"I'm just looking to get back in the flow of things," Flynn said. "In practice situations, you can't do what you do in game situations. I think everyone knows it's important for me to go down there, get some of the rust off, get my rhythm back and get my timing down."
Flynn said his hip feels great.
Coach Kurt Rambis is unsure when Flynn will be activated by the Timberwolves.
"We'll just see how he feels," Rambis said. "We'd like to see how he does, and see if he's in sync and in rhythm. He might want a couple more games (after Friday). It's tough to be thrown into a regular-season game, so we want him to feel very comfortable. We also want him to be in a situation where when he does come back, he comes back for good. We just want him to come back and finish the season with us."