But, the fans in Dallas are learning quickly that they should not write off the Mavericks this season.
Sparked by Jason "Jet" Terry's 24 2nd half points, the Mavs were able to pull off their largest comeback in franchise history, and won 107-100.
“The first half was ugly,” said Nowitzki, who had a bloody nose after being hit by Craig Smith on a drive to the basket in the third quarter. “They got whatever they wanted because our defense was soft. It took a lot of defensive energy to come back.”
The Wolves built there lead up to 29 points early in the second half, but then Dallas went on a 22-2 run, cutting the lead down to 9. The Mavs then went on another run to open the 4th quarter, this time 22-7, with Terry providing much of the spark.
“We dug ourselves a hole and we just kept on fighting,” Terry said. “It was the type of effort where we said we were going to run it out with six or seven guys and leave it all out there on the court.”
The Wolves still led 84-73 to start the 4th quarter, before Terry scored 12 straight points, to cut the Timberwolves’ lead to 91-89.
Jason Kidd later tied it with a jumper, and the Mavericks took their first lead on Nowitzki’s dunk at 93-91 with 5:26 left.
“Everybody wanted to play and that is something that you need when you are down,” Jason Kidd said. “Josh made some big shots and Dirk played great. We got it from everybody.”
The Mavs had 3 players score over 20, with Terry led all scorers with 29, and Dirk and Josh Howard adding 24 and 23 respectively.
The Mavs are now 7 games over .500 and are 7th in the conference, and only 1.5 behind the division leading Hornets.