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DALLAS (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki had 30 points and 11 rebounds, Jason Terry added 18 points and the Mavericks rallied in the fourth quarter for a 104-96 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night, giving Dallas 50 wins for the 11th straight season.

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Shawn Marion added 17 points and Peja Stojakovic had 16 to help the Mavericks win for the third time in four games.

Anthony Randolph had a career-high 31 points with 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who've lost their last five games and are without injured All-Star forward Kevin Love.

Randolph made his first start of the season in place of Love. Randolph, acquired from the Knicks in a three-team trade on Feb. 22, had a 23-point first half, 17 in the second quarter.

Dallas was in front by as many as eight in the third quarter, but the Timberwolves came back to grab a 95-93 lead with 3:17 to play on Wayne Ellington's 22-footer.

Tyson Chandler's three-point play with 2:38 left put Dallas back in front, 96-95.

Jonny Flynn hit a layup with 1:17 remaining to pull Minnesota to 98-96, but Terry's 3-pointer with 55.6 seconds left gave Dallas some breathing room at 101-96.

Marion stole Flynn's pass, and Nowitzki hit two free throws with 43.5 seconds to play for a 103-96 advantage to ice the victory.

The Mavs went on an 11-3 spurt in the third quarter fueled by Nowitzki's eight straight points, expanding a two-point halftime lead to 62-54.

Dallas was in front 76-72 entering the final quarter.

Minnesota led after one, 23-17, with Dallas going 1 for 11 from 3-point range in the opening period.

Stojakovic came off the bench to score seven points during a 13-4 second-quarter run, and the Mavs held a slender 49-47 edge at the break.

Before the game, Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis said there's a chance Love could miss the rest of the season with a strained left groin.

"There is an outside chance, 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 an NBA-best 15.4 rebounds per game, didn't travel with the team after sustaining the injury in Minnesota's previous game, a 127-95 home loss to Sacramento on Sunday.

NOTES: Randolph's previous career high was 28 points against Orlando on Dec. 5, 2009. ... Marion started after missing the previous game with a sprained right wrist. ... The Mavericks have won 21 of the last 23 meetings with the Timberwolves. ... Minnesota is 5-31 on the road.

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