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Dallas 125, Minnesota 117

Dec. 15, 2001 at 11:18 PM

DALLAS, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Michael Finley scored 30 points and fueled a long-range barrage Saturday night, leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 125-117 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, who had their six-game winning streak snapped.

Finley came in averaging 20.5 points per game, but has played second banana this season to teammate Dirk Nowitzki, an emerging star averaging 23.3 points. However, it was Finley who made the Western Conference All-Star team last season and led the NBA in minutes while averaging 21.5 points per game.

In this one, it was Finley who took charge in the pivotal third quarter. He scored 14 points in the period, during which the Mavericks turned a seven-point deficit into an eight-point lead.

Steve Nash scored 25 points and Nowitzki added 21 for the Mavericks, who posted a season high in points and won their third straight game.

Wally Szczerbiak scored 29 points and Kevin Garnett added 23 for the Timberwolves, who had won six in a row by double digits but have lost seven of their last 10 meetings with Dallas.

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