Final: Timberwolves 93, Mavs 92

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Tonight was Dirk Nowitzki’s 75th appearance in the 2017-18 campaign. He became the first player in NBA history to play at least 75 games in his 20th season or later, passing the mark shared by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Parish. It’s another testament to Dirk’s extraordinary longevity and willingness to put in extra work before and after practices that he’s been ready to play so many games at this age.


  • It’s been a relatively quiet month or so for Dwight Powell after he went on a tear in the middle of February, but Powell had a very loud third quarter in this game. During one stretch that couldn’t have been much longer than two or three minutes, Powell stripped Karl-Anthony Towns in the post then blocked his shot, hit a corner 3-pointer, found a cutting Dorian Finney-Smith for a dunk, and grabbed an offensive rebound and laid it back in. Powell is at his best when he’s active and plays with energy, and tonight he had to bring as much of that as possible to hang with the incredibly talented Towns. Powell finished with six points, seven boards, and two assists in 21 minutes. Likewise, Maxi Kleber had a pep in his step in this one, swatting four shots and scoring 10 points, which matched his highest output in a game since December.

  • In a bit of a role reversal, Harrison Barnes was the one who benefited from a Dennis Smith Jr. pick during one play in the first half.

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    Plays like this really put the defense in a precarious position. No point guard wants to switch onto a bigger player coming full speed off a screen, and even if he’s able to stop Barnes, Barnes can easily post him up and get a pretty good look. At the same time, switching a big onto Smith isn’t a great idea, either. What’s more, neither player is really used to defending pick-and-rolls from that particular position. We saw Cleveland do this a lot with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving while those two played together to create a little bit of chaos. I wonder how much more we’ll see things like this the rest of this season.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (23-53) will play the Cleveland Cavaliers (45-30) on Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena at 5 p.m. Central.

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