Ouch! Bucks Hand Mavs Worst Loss of Season

Milwaukee snaps Dallas' 2-game winning streak with 133-99 victory

Charlie Villanueva had 32 points and 10 rebounds and Michael Redd added 27 points, lifting the Milwaukee Bucks to a 133-99 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night and snapping a two-game losing skid.

The Bucks didn't have Andrew Bogut for the fourth straight game due to back spasms. But after a 1-2 West Coast trip, they didn't need his physical presence or rebounding at home.

Milwaukee shot 69 percent for the final three quarters en route to a season-best 133 points and handed Dallas its worst loss of the season to halt the Mavericks' two-game winning streak.

Dallas gave up midway through the fourth, with coach Rick Carlisle taking out both Jason Kidd, who finished with 18 points, and Dirk Nowitzki, who went 7-of-16 from the field and 16-of-17 from the free-throw line to finish with 30.

The duo even walked onto the court toward the locker room before the final seconds ticked off.

Ramon Sessions added 21 points and Richard Jefferson scored 15 for Milwaukee.

Kidd hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 67 early in the third quarter, but Dan Gadzuric, who started with seven straight misses, tipped in a shot and Redd began to find his stroke, hitting 3-pointers on three straight possessions to spark a 19-2 run.

Redd wasn't finished.

With Nowitzki guarding him on a switch, the veteran guard did a quick crossover for a little space and then hit a 16-foot jumper while fading to the baseline.

Then Redd used a pump fake to shake his defender, burying another jumper over Nowitzki. Moments later, Villanueva was left uncovered for a 3-pointer that made it 97-76.

Nowitzki, who had his left thumb taped early in the second quarter, scored 14 points in the third, including a jumper that made it 101-85 heading into the fourth quarter, but Dallas never made a run leaving Mavs owner Mark Cuban shaking his head just behind the bench.

Josh Howard scored 19 points in his second game back after missing four in a row with an injured left wrist.

Notes:@ It was the most points for the Bucks since losing 151-135 on April 14, 2008 against the Bulls. ... Cuban got tossed out of a courtside seat early in the game. He was sitting in one of the four seats to the left of the Dallas bench, but the ticketholders showed up and Cuban was forced to relocate. No worries, though. He grabbed a folding chair and created a seat for himself directly behind the bench. ... Nowitzki hit 12 straight free throws in the game before missing his second in 2009. He's now 81-of-83 since Jan. 1. ... Bucks G Damon Jones played for the first time this season.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
Contact Us