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                       === Mavs visit depleted Bucks ===
 (  -  The Dallas Mavericks will  try to get one win on their
 current  road  trip when they visit  the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday night at the
 Bradley Center.
 The  Mavericks  lost by 14 to  the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday night, then
 Dallas   suffered  a   116-108  setback  Friday  night  in  Minnesota  to  the
 Against  the Wolves, Dallas shot 48.9 percent from the field, but gave up 100-
 plus points for the sixth time in six games.
 "We've  got to play  a little bit harder and we've got to compete a little bit
 harder,"  said Dirk Nowitzki, who, after 14 points against Minnesota, needs 31
 points  to pass Jerry West for 16th on the NBA's all-time scoring list. "We've
 got  to compete  a little harder on the  glass and we've got to be on the same
 page defensively."
 Monta Ellis had 23 points to lead the Mavs, followed by 21 from Jose Calderon.
 Nowitzki had 14 and Shawn Marion and Jae Crowder both netted 10 points apiece.
 Vince  Carter was  suspended for the Timberwolves game after throwing an elbow
 and connecting with Steven Adams of the Thunder.
 The  Bucks got back into the win column on Wednesday with a 109-104 victory at
 home over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
 Things haven't been too great for the Bucks, despite a decent record.
 Larry  Sanders, who emerged as a real defensive force last season, hasn't been
 happy with his playing time under new head coach Larry Drew. He compounded his
 problems by injuring his hand in an alleged bar fight last weekend.
 "I  put myself  in a  bad situation  over the  weekend, didn't  make the  best
 decisions,"  Sanders said.  "I offer my apologies to everyone. I'm going to be
 Sanders won't be charged for the incident. He is listed as questionable.
 The  injury  bug has bitten  the Bucks hard.  Against the Cavs, Sanders, Ersan
 Ilyasova,  Brandon Knight  and Luke Ridnour all sat and their availability for
 Saturday is unknown.
 Despite  the physical  ailments, the Bucks bested Cleveland thanks to balanced
 scoring.  Five  of the  eight Bucks  who played on  Wednesday scored in double
 figures, led by 28 from O.J. Mayo and 23 from Gary Neal.
 Milwaukee  shot  a  blistering  56.5  percent  from  long  range  against  the
 The  teams  split last season's two  meetings with each winning on the other's
 court. Dallas is 5-18 in its last 23 in Milwaukee.
 11/09 11:20:25 ET

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