Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/30

Game 1: Monday, December 30th
Game 2: Wednesday, February 12th

Mavericks 114


Bucks 120

(26-23, 15-11 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    8:00 PM ET, February 12, 2003

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    DAL 28 28 32 26114
    MIL 26 29 33 32120

    Top Performers

    Dal: D. Nowitzki 27 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Mil: R. Allen 28 Pts, 9 Reb, 7 Ast

    Bucks score 65 points in second half

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks are the top-scoring team in the NBA. The Milwaukee Bucks showed they can be just as dangerous with the ball.

     Ray Allen

    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 loss.

    "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 left.

    Steve Nash missed a 3-pointer, and Michael Finley grabbed the long rebound and shot another 3, but missed.

    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 first half.

    Game notes
    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 114 120
    FGM-FGA 48-97 (.495) 44-82 (.537)
    3PM-3PA 8-24 (.333) 12-29 (.414)
    FTM-FTA 10-17 (.588) 20-27 (.741)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-43 8-42
    Assists 26 31
    Turnovers 5 12
    Steals 4 2
    Blocks 3 4
    Fast Break Points 5 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 19 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
    Points: 27
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Ray Allen Allen
    Points: 28
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0