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Wolves' Love may sit rest of season

DALLAS — Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis said there is a chance All-Star forward and double-double machine Kevin Love could miss the rest of the season because of a strained left groin.

Love sat out Thursday's 104-96 loss at Dallas after he was hurt in a home loss to Sacramento on Sunday.

The Timberwolves, who have been eliminated from playoff contention, have 10 games left.

"There is an outside chance (Love will miss the rest of the season). I don't know how great that chance is," Rambis said. "Obviously, with hamstring or groin injuries, you want to be cautious with them because they can linger for a long period of time, and we don't want that to happen with Kevin."

Love, averaging 20.3 points and a league-high 15.4 rebounds per game, had his string of 53 consecutive games with a double double end March 13 against the Warriors. He was injured in the next game.

Mavericks win 50 for 11th straight season

DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki had 30 points and 11 rebounds, Jason Terry added 18 points and the Mavericks rallied for a 104-96 victory over the Timberwolves, giving Dallas 50 wins for the 11th straight season.

On just about every fourth-quarter possession, coach Rick Carlisle called for the pick-and-roll with Nowitzki and Terry. Dallas finished with an 11-2 run over the final 2:38.

"It's no secret, if it's a close game late in the fourth quarter, Coach is going to ring up our numbers, and we need to answer," Terry said.

Anthony Randolph scored a career-high 31 for the Timberwolves. He made his first start of the season in place of Love.

Game highlights: Emeka Okafor banked in a 20-footer at the buzzer to force overtime, and reserve Aaron Gray scored six points in the extra period to lead the visiting Hornets to a 121-117 victory over the Jazz. David West scored 29 for the Hornets before being taken off in a wheelchair holding his head in pain after going down hard on a dunk that tied the score at 103.

Mavs 104, Timberwolves 96

MINNESOTA (96): Beasley 4-11 4-4 12, Randolph 14-20 3-3 31, Milicic 0-2 0-0 0, Ridnour 2-6 0-0 4, Johnson 3-12 2-2 11, Pekovic 1-2 0-2 2, Flynn 5-10 0-0 13, Ellington 4-9 0-0 8, Tolliver 4-5 1-1 11, Webster 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 39-80 10-12 96.

DALLAS (104): Marion 8-14 1-2 17, Nowitzki 12-26 5-5 30, Chandler 4-7 1-1 9, Kidd 0-5 0-0 0, Beaubois 1-5 0-0 3, Barea 2-4 0-0 4, Terry 7-12 2-2 18, Haywood 1-1 2-3 4, Stojakovic 6-10 0-0 16, Mahinmi 1-1 1-2 3, Stevenson 0-0 0-0 0, Cardinal 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 42-85 12-15 104.

Minnesota 23 24 25 24— 96

Dallas 17 32 27 28— 104

3-Point GoalsMin. 8-18 (Flynn 3-3, Johnson 3-7, Tolliver 2-2, Beasley 0-1, Ridnour 0-2, Ellington 0-3), Dallas 8-27 (Stojakovic 4-8, Terry 2-5, Beaubois 1-3, Nowitzki 1-5, Marion 0-1, Kidd 0-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMin. 42 (Randolph 11), Dallas 47 (Nowitzki 11). AssistsMin. 21 (Flynn 5), Dallas 31 (Kidd 13). Total FoulsMin. 19, Dallas 17. A20,296.

Hornets 121, Jazz 117, OT

NEW ORLEANS (121): Ariza 5-9 1-3 14, West 12-25 5-6 29, Okafor 5-8 2-2 12, Paul 8-15 8-9 24, Belinelli 5-8 1-1 14, Jack 5-11 4-5 15, Landry 0-3 3-4 3, Green 0-2 0-0 0, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Gray 3-5 4-5 10. Totals 43-86 28-35 121.

UTAH (117): Miles 5-12 1-1 11, Millsap 13-20 7-8 33, Jefferson 11-17 0-0 22, Watson 5-9 1-2 14, Bell 3-11 5-6 13, Favors 1-5 0-0 2, Hayward 4-9 4-4 13, Price 2-3 2-2 8, Evans 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 44-86 21-25 117.

New Orleans 27 29 22 27 16— 121

Utah 32 22 24 27 12— 117

3-Point GoalsN.Orl. 7-13 (Belinelli 3-4, Ariza 3-5, Jack 1-2, Paul 0-2), Utah 8-18 (Watson 3-4, Price 2-2, Bell 2-5, Hayward 1-3, Miles 0-4). Fouled OutMillsap. ReboundsN.Orl. 44 (Ariza 9), Utah 52 (Jefferson 13). AssistsN.Orl. 25 (Paul 12), Utah 23 (Watson 8). Total FoulsN.Orl. 20, Utah 22. TechsN.Orl. three seconds, Utah three seconds. A18,840.

Playoff chase

EastW L GB GR

1. Chicago-y 51 19— 12

2. Boston-y 50 20 1 12

3. Miami-x 49 22 2½ 11

4. Orlando-x 46 26 6 10

5. Atlanta 40 32 12 10

6. Philadelphia 37 34 14½ 11

7. New York 35 36 16½ 11

8. Indiana 32 40 20 10

Milwaukee 28 42 23 12

Charlotte 28 42 23 12

Detroit 25 46 26½ 11

New Jersey 23 47 28 12

West W L GB GR

1. San Antonio-x 57 14— 11

2. L.A. Lakers-y 51 20 6 11

3. Dallas-x 50 21 7 11

4. Oklahoma City 46 24 10½ 12

5. Denver 43 29 14½ 10

6. Portland 41 30 16 11

7. New Orleans 41 31 16½ 10

8. Memphis 40 32 17½ 10

Houston 38 34 19½ 10

Phoenix 36 34 20½ 12

Utah 36 37 22 9

Golden State 30 42 27½ 10

y-Clinched division x-Clinched playoffs

* Late result not included

Wolves' Love may sit rest of season 03/24/11 [Last modified: Friday, March 25, 2011 1:26am]

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