Storms couldn’t stop Reggie Bullock and Dallas Mavs as team beats Timberwolves 110-108 – CBS Dallas/Fort Worth

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – There was a 15-minute rain delay as the severe weather moved ahead of the Dallas Mavericks game on Monday, another disruption and a wild ending as the teams battled for Western Conference playoff position.

Reggie Bullock must not have cared either, wait.

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The Dallas guard scored 18 points with a late 3-point clutch after missing four games for personal reasons, and the Mavericks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 110-108 on Monday night.

Luka Doncic had 15 points and 10 assists, the latter setting up a Dorian Finney-Smith 3 from the same right corner where Bullock connected moments later for a five-point lead with 40 seconds left.

Dwight Powell scored 22 points on 8-of-8 shooting as the Mavericks avoided their first three-game losing streak since December and retired in a Utah game for the fourth seed in a tight midfield field. Western playoffs.

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 22 points for the Timberwolves, who went on a four-game winning streak with just their second loss in 12 games. They missed a chance to shoot Dallas within half a game for the fifth seed.

“We’re in the middle of March or the end of March, and we understand what’s at stake,” Dallas coach Jason Kidd said. “Minnesota is a very good team. They’re hot.”

The 15-minute delay at the start was due to heavy rain that caused the rafters to leak over the stands not far from the Minnesota bench.

Nearly three hours later, coach Chris Finch stormed that bench when Patrick Beverley was fouled for a 3-pointer and an official ruled it was before the shot. Beverley wasn’t happy either.

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The Timberwolves were down 110-107 when that call came with 6.5 seconds left, and it meant Beverley had just two free throws.

“It was crazy, really,” Finch said. “Just looking at the tape, I thought (Beverley) was fouled on the spot. He was clearly on the rally and the corner. I thought it should have been a 3-point shot.

After missing the first free throw, Beverley missed on purpose and got the rebound when he tossed the ball off the glass and grazed the rim.

Doncic was called for a foul as Beverley got up for a layup, and Dallas disagreed. The Mavericks won the challenge, resulting in a midfield ball jump after a long delay for the review.

Towns won the jump and the ball bounced to the left corner of Minnesota’s offensive side, where Beverley knocked it down. Before he could put in a 3 that went in, Doncic fouled him again with 2.5 seconds left. Beverley got the first before missing the second again on purpose, but the Timberwolves couldn’t secure the loose ball before time ran out.

“We talked about what we needed to do, and Luka ran the foul on that jump ball,” Kidd said. “Because if he doesn’t, the way things are, Bev does the 3.”

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 20 for Dallas while Jalen Brunson and Finney-Smith joined Doncic with 15 apiece. It was the first time since April 4, 1989 that the Mavericks had six players with at least 15 points in a game.

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