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After the historic offensive show, the T-wolves host Mavs

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the Minnesota Timberwolves He’ll try to follow up on the best offensive night in franchise history when they face Dallas Mavericks Monday night in Minneapolis in the first consecutive games between the two teams.

The Timberwolves set franchise marks of 150 points and 57 field goals as they defeated the visiting Chicago Bulls on Sunday. Minnesota made 65.5 percent of its field goal attempts and hit a career-best 23 three-pointers out of 43 attempted.

Anthony Edwards led the offense with a season-best 37 points and 11 assists in a 150-126 defeat of the Bulls.

“It’s a night when you take two out of three shots, you’re going to score a lot of points, especially if a lot of them are 3s,” Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said afterward. “I’ve been really happy with the quality of the shots we’ve been able to produce over the last few games. It creates a rhythm, and the players can feel where a shot might be coming from and they can shoot with a lot of confidence.”

Minnesota will try to keep the offense moving against a Dallas team that has lost four of its past six games. And the Mavericks are waiting for word on whether Luka Doncic, second in the NBA with 33 points per game, will be available.

Doncic (quadriceps injury) is in question after missing Saturday’s 100-99 overtime loss to the host Cleveland Cavaliers. Kimba Walker took advantage of Doncic’s absence to score 32 points.

Dallas and Minnesota will also play Wednesday night in Minneapolis.

Meanwhile, the Timberwolves’ two-game scoring boast came after they reached a season-low total in a 99-88 loss on the road to the Los Angeles Clippers.

But on Sunday, whoever shot could see the ball go through the net. That includes D’Angelo Russell, who scored 28 points after missing the previous two games with a knee injury.

“The confidence, the right approach, the vision, the familiarity with our rotation and some things like that,” Russell said of the success. “It just allows you to be confident and comfortable out there. The coach allows us to make things happen, to have confidence in our group. It just gives you that energy and confidence that you want.”

Russell has surpassed 20 points in each of his last six games.

Minnesota can be without Rudy Gobert (ankle injury) for the third straight game. Senior teammate Naz Reid left Sunday’s game with a trapezius muscle injury.

If Doncic is unable to play, Walker could be in line to get another big dose of playing time for the Mavericks, who are struggling in the backcourt.

Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) is expected to be available, but Tim Hardaway Jr. (non-COVID illness) is a question and Josh Green (elbow) will miss the competition.

Walker played 42 minutes against Cleveland in his third game with Dallas. He added seven assists, five rebounds and four three-pointers in the opening game of four games.

“I thought Kimba did a great job managing the offense, getting the players involved and putting pressure on their defense,” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said. “Also, just being able to play off the ball and having confidence in him.”

The four-time All-Star said he plans to build on the solid effort. But his competitiveness left him frustrated by the big loss.

“It was tough,” Walker said. “We put ourselves in a position to win the game – we just screwed up. We don’t want to take any moral victories. We played well and played together. It was a great effort.”

Christian Wood also excelled with 26 points and 14 rebounds, but missed a long three-pointer as time expired for the Mavericks.

Teams split four meetings last season, with the home team winning each time.

–Field level of arguments

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