Timberwolves rally late to beat Mavericks 117-108

DALLAS (AP) — Jonny Flynn scored 19 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves finished the game on a 13-2 run to snap a 13-game losing streak against Dallas, beating the Mavericks 117-108 on Friday night.

Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki did not start because he was late for the team's shootaround before the game. The nine-time All-Star finished with 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

The Mavericks led 106-104 when the Timberwolves went on their game-ending push.

Flynn drove for a layup to put Minnesota ahead for good, 109-107 with 1:39 remaining. After Dallas' Erick Dampier hit one of two free throws, Corey Brewer was fouled by Nowitzki on a 3-point attempt and hit all three foul shots with 1:07 left. Wayne Ellington clinched it with a 3-pointer from the right corner to make it 115-108 with 32.3 seconds remaining.

Kevin Love had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Al Jefferson and Ryan Hollins each chipped in with 15 points for the Timberwolves, who won their third straight game for the first time this season.

Jason Terry scored 20 points, and Jason Kidd and Rodrigue Beaubois each added 17 for the Mavericks, who have lost four of five games.

Minnesota led 102-92 after Hollins hit a jumper with 7:23 left.

The Mavericks went on a 14-2 run over the next 4:48 to take their first lead since early in the third quarter.

Nowitzki connected on a pair of free throws to tie the game at 104 with 3:01 remaining, and Kidd hit two more foul shots to give Dallas the lead.

Dallas' lead was short lived as Brewer gave the Timberwolves a 107-106 lead with a 3-pointer.

Minnesota won for the first time against the Mavericks since Jan. 4, 2006.

Nowitzki entered the game with 6:48 left in the first quarter. The last time the nine-time All-Star played in a reserve role was against the San Antonio Spurs on Dec. 14, 1999, his second year in the NBA.

Josh Howard started in Nowitzki's place.

Minnesota, which ended a nine-game road slide, outscored Dallas 32-19 in the third quarter to lead 89-80 heading into the fourth.

Love made a reverse layup that extended Minnesota's lead to 85-73. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle called timeout after that, and the home crowd began booing.

Minnesota's previous two victories were against the Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks. The Timberwolves ended a 12-game skid against teams over .500 with their win over the Southwest Division-leading Mavericks.

NOTES: Dampier returned to the starting lineup after missing the team's previous game Wednesday night with a left knee injury. ... Timberwolves guard Ramon Sessions was called for a flagrant foul 1 with 6:50 left when he walloped Beaubois on a drive to the basket. ... Nowitzki spoke to the American Airlines Center crowd just before the game to promote next weekend's All-Star festivities in Dallas, but he did not acknowledge that he had been disciplined.