Dirk Nowitzki hit on a great point in the Mavericks’ postgame locker room after they overwhelmed the tired and injury-ravaged Timberwolves 100-77. He was talking about Vince Carter and Elton Brand and the bench that carried the Mavericks much of the night, when he had terrific moment of insight.

“If we really want to make this push and make it interesting, we got to be firing on all cylinders,” Nowitzki said. “We need everybody playing well and let it all hang out.”

That pretty much nails it. The Mavericks can’t have three or four guys playing well. They need everybody. And that’s what they got against the Wolves, who had played in Denver Saturday night, were dead tired and have been playing the last couple months without Kevin Love. They also were missing Nikola Pekovic, Andrei Kirilenko and Chase Budinger, among others.

So the Mavericks made them pay. Carter hit four-of-five from 3-point range to lead the Mavericks with 22 points.

“Phenomenal,” Nowitzki said. “He’s been great all season. His 3-ball looks automatic. He’s got the nice high arc on it. Really, everytime he shoots it now, I feel like it’s going in.”

And it ended up being the kind of by-committee win the Mavericks need.

“Vince started out hot and when he came in, that’s when we were able to get our game going offensively,” coach Rick Carlisle said of the Mavericks rattling off 14 consecutive points to start the second quarter and open up a lead that never dipped below 10 the rest of the way. “At halftime, we just said we have to keep playing sticky defense and getting rebounds and make it as much of a tempo game as we can without turning it over. And we were able to do that.”