Ray Allen had 28 points, Tim Thomas added a season-high 27 and
the Bucks scored 65 second-half points to beat Dallas 120-114
Wednesday night -- sending the Mavericks to their third consecutive
"As deadly as they are shooting the basketball, running up and
down in transition basketball scoring points, we're just as
deadly," Allen said. "With Timmy playing well and us playing the
penetration game, we can get any of the shots we want out there."
Milwaukee often went inside early in the game, which helped
produce some open jumpers in the fourth quarter. The Bucks made
eight of their final 13 3-pointers, while Dallas missed its final
eight 3-point attempts.
"They can shoot the 3s, and so can we," Dallas coach Don
Nelson said. "We made them earlier in the game. They made them at
the end of the game."
With the shot clock winding down, Sam Cassell hit a 15-footer
over Nick Van Exel to give Milwaukee a 117-114 lead with 25 seconds
Cassell was fouled, making one free throw for a 118-114 lead
with 10 seconds to go. Dirk Nowitzki missed a 3 and Thomas scored
on a dunk to seal it for the Bucks, who swept the two-game season
series from Dallas.
"We scored a bunch of points tonight against a team that likes
to score," Cassell said. "We just need to go out and concentrate
on the things that make this team successful, passing the ball and
playing solid defense."
The Mavericks also lost three consecutive games Jan. 15-19 at
Sacramento, Phoenix and Seattle. They still have the NBA's best
road record at 17-8.
"We haven't played well very well the last couple games," Nash
said. "They're a good offensive team, but you have to do better
than giving up 120 points."
Toni Kukoc scored nine points in a 16-4 run that gave Milwaukee
a 110-100 lead with 5:15 left. Dallas then went on a 10-2 spurt to
get to 112-110 on Nash's 20-footer with 2:25 left.
Milwaukee has won 12 of 15, coinciding with the return of Kukoc
from the injured list. The Bucks are 20-11 with Kukoc this season
and 6-12 without him.
Nowitzki had 27 points and 12 rebounds, Nash scored 26 points
and Finley 25 for the Mavericks.
Allen's 3-pointer with 24 seconds left in the third quarter
capped an 18-5 run and gave Milwaukee an 88-86 lead. Finley hit a
jumper with 2 seconds left to tie it at 88 after three quarters.
Kevin Ollie hit a running jumper at the buzzer to pull Milwaukee
to 56-55 at halftime. Finley and Thomas each had 14 points in the
Dallas is 3-19 all-time in Milwaukee. ... Bucks G Michael
Redd, touted as a candidate for the Sixth Man of the Year Award,
made his 13th start of the season. He replaced C Ervin Johnson as
coach George Karl started a three-guard lineup of Redd, Allen and
Cassell. ... Finley, a former Wisconsin Badgers star, received a
loud ovation from the Bradley Center crowd.