Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/19/14
DALLAS -- A balanced effort led the Minnesota Timberwolves past the sliding Dallas Mavericks 90-82 Monday night at American Airlines Center. Five Timberwolves scored in double figures, led by Nikola Pekovic, who finished with 20 despite leaving in the third quarter with a sprained ankle. Alexey Shved chipped in with a season-high 16 points off the bench, including a long 3-pointer in the fourth quarter that essentially put Dallas away. It was a frustrating night for the Mavericks, punctuated by coach Rick Carlisle get tossed with five minutes left for protesting a foul call. Minnesota outrebounded Dallas 49-35 in a matchup that lacked several starters on both sides. Minnesota (5-2) is off to its best seven-game start since 2001. The Wolves, who won for the fourth time in five games, also have three victories in their past four meetings against the Mavericks. Dallas (4-4) lost its third game in a row, and it dropped a home game for the first time this season. Darren Collison ...
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