Mavericks Dominate Final Quarter to Triumph Over Timberwolves.

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Mavericks Dominate Final Quarter to Triumph Over Timberwolves.

The Dallas Mavericks edged closer to the NBA Finals by defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-107, taking a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals.

Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving each scored 33 points as the Dallas Mavericks secured a 116-107 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, thanks to a decisive 12-3 run in the final three minutes and 38 seconds.

A victory in game four on Tuesday (01:30 BST Wednesday) in Dallas will send them to the finals for the first time since their 2011 championship.

"We need one more. Nothing's done yet," said Slovenian star Doncic. "They have an amazing team. If we get one more, then we get a rest."

The Timberwolves overcame a 12-point first-half deficit, with Anthony Edwards tying the game at 77-all with 4:51 left in the third quarter, sparking 10 ties over the next 13 minutes.

PJ Washington put Dallas ahead 107-104 before Doncic and Irving extended the lead. Daniel Gafford, stepping up after Dereck Lively II left with a strained neck, made crucial plays, including blocking Mike Conley’s lay-up attempt and completing a three-point play to secure the win.