Wolves-Dallas game preview
- January 13, 2013 - 11:27 PM
Preview: The Mavericks (15-23) have won two games in a row -- a 117-112 comeback victory at Sacramento in which they rallied from 17 points behind and Saturday's 104-83 home victory over Memphis -- after losing four straight before that. All five starters scored in double figures against the Grizzlies, led by Shawn Marion's 20 points. ... The Mavs have won 19 of the past 24 meetings between the teams, but the Wolves have won four of the past five and took last year's series 2-1. They also beat the Mavs 114-106 in overtime at Target Center on Dec. 15 in Ricky Rubio's long-awaited season debut.
Players to watch: Mavs 11-time All Star F Dirk Nowitzki moved back into the starting lineup five games ago after missing the season's first 17 games because of preseason knee surgery. He is averaging 18 points, 6.3 rebounds and three assists in his past six games. ... G O.J. Mayo has led the Mavs in scoring 20 times this season and is averaging 18.2 points and 35.6 minutes.
Injuries: Wolves F Kevin Love (fractured hand), F Chase Budinger (knee surgery), G Brandon Roy (knee surgery), G Malcolm Lee (knee surgery) are all out. The Mavs report no injuries.
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