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The struggling Mavs are looking to win, not get fired, in their rematch with the Wolves

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the Dallas Mavericks They will aim to keep their emotions in check on Wednesday when they try to salvage a split of their two-game series against Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis.

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Luka Doncic and head coach Jason Kidd were ejected late in the third quarter of Dallas’ 116-106 setback against Minnesota on Monday. The loss was the Mavericks’ fifth in seven games total and their 11th in 14 road games this season.

Doncic received an early dismissal after barking at crew chief Rodney Mott about a perceived foul. Mutt responded by whistling Doncic for a pair of techniques, abruptly ending his night on the floor.

“Maybe I deserved it,” said Doncic, “but two – for sure, no.” “Two is a little too much. But I deserve the first, I’m not going to lie. Definitely not the second. I was really shocked that I got fired.”

Doncic finished with a season-low 19 points after 5 of 17 shooting from the floor.

Kidd essentially followed Doncic out the door, but not before scoring a few closing shots to referee Nick Bokhert.

The Mavericks’ second-year head coach declined to answer questions after the game. However, he did appear at the post-match press conference to deliver a statement.

“I’m here because I have to be here,” Kidd said, referring to the NBA’s media requirements. “I already gave up money (with the techs), so I don’t want to give up anymore. So, no questions asked. Just, we’ll go back and look at the tape, and see how we can improve. The team was better tonight, and we’ll go from there. Thanks for coming.”

Adding insult to injury for the Mavericks was the departure of Dorian Phinney Smith, who left late in the third quarter with a right-handed basket. Vinnie-Smith said he first suffered the injury during Saturday’s 100-99 overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers before aggravating it early in the second quarter on Monday. He was eliminated on Wednesday.

“I’m trying to fight through it, but I feel like I may have made things worse,” Vinnie Smith told The Dallas Morning News. “Getting out there is too demanding for me.”

Spencer Dinwiddie sank five three-pointers and had 20 points for Dallas, who will need to slow down Anthony Edwards in an effort to snap Minnesota’s three-game winning streak on Wednesday.

“They trust me and they trust me,” Edwards, who scored a career-best 27 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists, said Monday. He averaged 27.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and nine assists over the last three games.

Nas Red continued his strong game in the absence of Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns, contributing 27 points and 13 rebounds. Joubert missed three consecutive games with a sprained left ankle, while Towns has been sidelined since suffering a calf injury on November 28.

Jaylen Nowell scored 18 points off the bench and Austin Rivers added 16 for the Timberwolves, one night after Minnesota set a franchise record for points (150) and field goals (57) in defeating the Chicago Bulls.

–Field Argument Level

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