Minnesota Timberwolves beat Dallas Mavericks 104-96, sweep two-game NBA preseason set

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (Oct. 07) — The Minnesota Timberwolves secured a 104-96 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, completing a two-game sweep in the NBA Abu Dhabi Games. Karl-Anthony Towns and Naz Reid led the Timberwolves with 14 points each, while Anthony Edwards added 13 points after missing the first game due to an ankle issue.

Meanwhile, Luka Doncic, the Mavericks’ star player, scored 18 points, provided six assists, and grabbed five rebounds in just 19 minutes of play. – Read more: Cavaliers top Nets 102-99, book NBA Summer League title spot

Jaden Hardy was the top scorer for the Mavericks with 22 points and eight rebounds. Despite the efforts, Dallas could only manage to lead three times during the game — 3-0, 6-5, and 13-11 — all within the first six minutes. Minnesota dominated the rest of the game, propelled by a 27-7 run over a 10-minute stretch in the first half.

Dallas was missing several key players like Kyrie Irving due to a left groin injury, Seth Curry because of illness, and Markieff Morris with a left ankle issue.

The Mavericks will now head to Spain to face Real Madrid, Doncic’s former team, on Tuesday. Minnesota’s next game is scheduled for Oct. 14 against the New York Knicks.

Attendance and Game Information: The game took place at Etihad Arena with an attendance of 12,009.

Referees for the match were Sean Wright, Kevin Cutler, and Ashley Moyer-Gleich.