Steve Nash scored 33 points and had eight assists to lead the Mavs.
Nash and Finley each had 33 points and eight assists as the
Dallas Mavericks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 113-101 Thursday night
for their season-high fifth straight victory.
Tim Hardaway added 15 points, and Juwan Howard 13 for the
Mavericks, who won despite only eight points and 3-for-14 field
goal shooting from Nowitzki.
Nash forced the tempo and got his team into its running game,
which helped Dallas shoot 51.7 percent from the field.
"I thought Steve was their catalyst tonight," Milwaukee guard
Ray Allen said. "He's so unselfish, and it's contagious with his
teammates. He passes the ball in transition and gets his teammates
Nowitzki, who started the night with a 23.3 scoring average, did
lead Dallas with 12 rebounds.
"It's been like that all year," Hardaway said. "One of our
big three always seems to have a big game, and when one doesn't,
the others seem to pick it up."
Nash went 12-for-18 from the field, including 5-for-8 from
3-point range. Finley hit 16 of his 31 field goal attempts.
Finley and Nash took over after halftime, combining for 26 of
Dallas' 28 third-quarter points as the Mavericks built an 87-75
lead entering the final quarter.
"We got in a rhythm in the third quarter," Nash said. "It
makes it easy on the team when you get hot from the perimeter."
The Mavericks held a 70-67 lead with 6:51 left in the third
quarter, then took control with a 17-8 run over the final six
minutes of the period.
"Steve had it going in the third quarter," Finley said. "I
didn't think he was ever going to miss. For the most part he
carried us, and then I was able to make some shots."
Nash triggered the decisive run with a 3-pointer and had nine of
the 17 points. Finley had six, and Howard added two free throws.
"Nash did a great job," Milwaukee coach George Karl said. "He
had total control of the game."
Allen and Robinson were a combined 16-for-44 from the field. Sam
Cassell scored 12 points, seven under his average.
"We never really got our big three involved," Karl said.
"They're talented All-Stars but right now we haven't meshed as
well as Dallas is meshing."
Dallas led 59-53 at halftime, behind Finley's 14 points and
Game notes Danny Manning started at center for the Mavericks after
sitting out three of the previous four games. ... The Bucks had won
five of their previous six. ... Dallas is 13-0 this season when it
scores 100 or more points. ... Milwaukee had won eight of its
previous nine games against Dallas.