MINNEAPOLIS - Chandler Parsons led all scorers with 22 points to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 98-75 NBA win against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday at Target Center.

Parsons scored 15 of his 19 first-half points in the second quarter, scoring 10 consecutive points during one stretch and 13 of 15.

Minnesota opened the game on a 9-4 run thanks to six quick points by Timberwolves forward Thaddeus Young. But the Mavericks responded with an 11-2 run to take the lead for good.

Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki finished with

16 points and nine rebounds. His long 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the first quarter gave the Mavericks a 24-21 lead after one.

Guard Devin Harris hit a pair of early threes in the second quarter to push the Dallas lead to nine before Parsons’ 10-point run stretched the lead to double figures.

The Mavericks led 59-38 at the half, shooting 56

percent from the field, including 8-for-13 from beyond the arc.

Nowitzki hit another

3-pointer midway through the third quarter to give Dallas its largest lead of the night at 25. The Mavericks closed out the third quarter with an 18-point lead.

Minnesota was led by rookie guard Andrew Wiggins’ 18 points. Young finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic, playing for the first time since Nov. 15 after battling wrist and ankle injuries, came off the bench and scored 14 points and had four rebounds in 23 minutes.

Dallas finished shooting 51.3 percent from the floor. Minnesota shot

35.2 percent, including

2-of-15 from 3-point range.

-- Mavericks G J.J. Barea made his first trip back to Minneapolis after his contract was bought out by the Timberwolves last summer. Barea played three seasons with Minnesota, averaging

10.1 points and 4.3 assists.

-- Timberwolves G Kevin Martin, who was listed as questionable, did not play due to a wrist injury.

-- Minnesota G Ricky Rubio was on the court before warm-ups taking jump shots as he recovers from an ankle injury.

-- Minnesota plays host to the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday.

Dallas    24    35    16    23    -    98

Minnesota    21    17    19    18    -    75

DALLAS (98)

T.Chandler 3-3 1-2 7, Parsons 9-13 0-0 22, Nowitzki 6-9 2-2 16, Rondo 4-10 0-0 9, Ellis 3-12 1-2 7, Barea 2-5 3-4 7, Powell 3-3 0-0 6, D.Harris 2-4 0-0 6, R.Jefferson 2-5 0-2 5, Aminu 2-6 0-0 5, G.Smith 2-2 0-0 4, Felton 0-1 2-2 2, Villanueva 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 39-76 9-14 98.

MINNESOTA (75)

Wiggins 7-17 4-6 18, T.Young 7-17 0-0 14, Mo.Williams 2-12 1-1 5, Dieng 3-6 0-0 6, Hummel 2-2 0-0 5, Pekovic 5-11 4-4 14, Lavine 1-3 0-0 2, Daniels 2-9 0-0 5, Bennett 2-7 2-4 6, Budinger 0-3 0-0 0, Robinson III 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 31-89 11-15 75.

3-Point Goals: Dallas 11-27 (Parsons 4-6, D.Harris 2-3, Nowitzki 2-4, Aminu 1-2, Rondo 1-2, R.Jefferson 1-3, Barea 0-1, Felton 0-1, Villanueva 0-2, Ellis 0-3), Minnesota 2-15 (Hummel 1-1, Daniels 1-4, Budinger 0-1, Lavine 0-1, T.Young 0-1, Wiggins 0-3, Mo.Williams 0-4). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Dallas 49 (Powell 10), Minnesota 55 (T.Young 11). Assists: Dallas 26 (Barea 10), Minnesota 22 (T.Young 6). Total Fouls: Dallas 13 (Rondo 4), Minnesota 11 (Lavine 3). A-13,737.