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

Luka Doncic and coach Jason Kidd were ejected in the third quarter of Dallas’ 116-106 loss at Minnesota on Monday. The loss was the Mavericks’ fifth in seven games overall and 11th in 14 road contests this season.

Doncic was ejected early after barking at crew chief Rodney Mott about a perceived foul. Mott responded by booing Doncic for several technicals, abruptly ending his night on the floor.

“I probably deserved one, but certainly not two,” Doncic said. “Two is just a bit much. But I deserve the first one, I’m not going to lie. Certainly not the second one. I was really shocked that I got kicked out.”

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

Kidd essentially followed Doncic out the door, but not before throwing a few jabs at referee Nick Buchert.

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

“I’m here because I have to be here,” Kidd said, referring to NBA media demands. “I already gave up money (for the equipment), so I don’t want to give up anymore.” So no questions asked. We’ll just go back and watch the tape, see how we can get better. They were the better team tonight and we’ll go from there. Thanks for showing up.”

Making matters worse for the Mavericks was the departure of Dorian Phinney-Smith, who left late in the third quarter with a strained right tab. Phinney-Smith said he first suffered the injury in Saturday’s 100-99 overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers before aggravating it early in the second quarter on Monday. He was sidelined on Wednesday.

“I’m trying to fight it, but I feel like I probably made it worse,” Phinney-Smith said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “I need a lot to get out of there.”

Spencer Dinwiddie hit five 3-pointers and finished with 20 points for Dallas, which will need to slow down Anthony Edwards to snap Minnesota’s three-game winning streak on Wednesday.

“They just trust me and believe in me,” said Edwards, who had 27 points, a season-best 13 rebounds and nine assists on Monday. In the last three games, he is averaging 27.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 9 assists.

Naz Reed continued his strong play in the absence of Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns with 27 points and 13 rebounds. Gobert has missed three straight games with a sprained left ankle, while Towns has been sidelined since suffering a calf injury on Nov. 28.

Jalen Nowell had 18 points off the bench and Austin Rivers added 16 for the Timberwolves, a night after Minnesota set records for points (150) and field goals (57) against the Chicago Bulls.

— Field level media

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