Kyrie Irving scored 26 points in the final quarter and still failed to deliver his first victory as a Dallas Mavericks. Follow for more NBA livescore news here!
The former No.1 overall pick Anthony Edwards registered 32 points and he got some help from Rudy Gobert who scored double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead the way for 124-121 victory. The Minnesota Timberwolves led by as many as 26 midway through the third quarter but was immediately erased in the fourth quarter when Kyrie Irving went berserk and delivered one of the best final quarter performances. The newly acquired Jaden McDaniels scored 19 points, while Mike Conely added 12 points and nine assists to help Minnesota survive Kyrie Irving’s scoring monster performance. Visit OBN for accurate sports news, updates, and predictions here!
This is the first home game that Kyrie Irving played since being traded by the Brooklyn Nets. He sank a clutch three pointer that cut Mavs’ deficit to 123-121, but a turnover in the final possession derailed Mavs potential game comeback. The new Dallas guard got a much-need help from his co-star Luka Doncic who produced 33 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists, in an all-around performance from the Wonder Boy from Slovenia. Christian Wood added 24 points in a loss.
The Dallas Mavericks were trailing by 18 points when they rallied led by Irving who was responsible for 14 of the team’s first 17 points in the final quarter and cut the lead to 10, 109-99. Then Irving scored another three-pointer to cut the Timberwolves lead to a single digit, 116-18.
However, the Timberwolves’ role players stepped up with Mike Conley, acquired from Utah Jazz, hit a three-pointer. Anthony Edwards made an impressive defense in the final seconds to deny Irving’s attempt for the game winner and scrapped the final possession.
“I try not to overthink it,” Irving said during the post match press conference. “Obviously, throughout the game, when I’m not shooting the ball as well as I would like – and the Timberwolves stretch out the lead – there’s an antsy-ness that comes over me. But there’s just an incredible, incredible resolve alongside my teammates to just stay poised and stay the course.”
It is through that in this league, the 20-points or 3-points lead is relatively too small given the fact that many players nowadays can score 20 or more in a quarter and Irving is the living evidence to that statement, the league is unpredictable and this game against Timberwolves is one of those nights.
“Anything can happen in this league. I said it the other night, but there’s no 20-point leads that are safe in our league anymore, so if we can put ourselves in a great position defensively and get some stops consecutively, we can be in the game with anybody. I really wanted this one tonight at home. I did. It just didn’t go our way.”
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