NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Dallas
(Sunday, January 2nd)
Final Score: Dallas 123, Milwaukee 104
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 39 points and Josh Howard added 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 123-104 win over the Milwaukee Bucks at AmericanAirlines Center.
Nowitzki hit 14-of-25 shots, including 4-of-7 from three-point range. Dallas has won three straight, five of six and seven of its last nine.
Jerry Stackhouse added 18 points off the bench and Erick Dampier had 15 points for the Mavs, who have won three straight at home, including the first two of a five-game homestand.
"Offensively, we're really clicking lately," said Nowitzki. "In the Boston game, Damp (Erick Dampier) came out really aggressive in the paint. He's getting dunks, he's been a presence offensively and we need that. If he's playing good for us on both ends of the floor and is a presence down low, we're tough to beat."
Mike James led six Bucks in double figures with 20 points. Michael Redd added 18 for Milwaukee, which has dropped two straight and fell to 1-2 on its four- game road trip.
Maurice Williams finished with 13 points and Dan Gadzuric had 12 points and 14 boards in the loss. Desmond Mason also had 12 points and Zaza Pachulia rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11 for the Bucks.
The Mavs began to pull away in the first quarter. Down 9-7, Jason Terry's three-pointer four minutes into the game began a 24-6 run that put the club in the driver's seat. Dampier had eight points and Nowitzki added seven during the burst, which was capped by a Stackhouse jumper that gave the Mavs a 31-15 advantage.
After carrying a 33-19 lead into the second, Dallas continued to pour it on by opening the stanza with an 8-3 spurt to extend to a 41-22 advantage. The lead later ballooned to 55-38 with 5:11 remaining until halftime when Nowitzki's dunk ended a string of 10 straight points by Dallas.
The Mavs held a 66-50 lead at the break and went ahead 72-50 early in the third. By the midway point of the quarter, the Bucks cut the deficit to 77-65 and went into the fourth down only 88-80.
In the fourth, Dallas pulled away by scoring nine of the first 13 points and never looked back..
Dallas shot 53 percent for the game, compared to 47 percent for the Bucks.
Mavericks swingman Marquis Daniels, who has been struggling with a sore ankle, is expected to be sidelined for at least the next two games. He has been bothered by pain in his left ankle since suffering a major sprain in August and has played through the pain most of the season...The 123 points tied a season-high for Dallas, which also accomplished the feat on December 21 in a win versus New York.
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