Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/2

Game 1: Sunday, January 2nd
Game 2: Friday, March 11th

Mavericks 112

(40-21, 20-10 away)

Bucks 110

(25-35, 18-13 home)

    7:30 PM ET, March 11, 2005

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    DAL 28 29 31 24112
    MIL 30 29 24 27110

    Top Performers

    Dal: D. Nowitzki 29 Pts, 9 Reb, 4 Ast

    Mil: M. Redd 33 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Redd's fadeaway to tie fails

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Two games back from injuries, neither Dirk Nowitzki nor Michael Finley showed signs of pain.

    Nowitzki, battling a sore left knee, had 29 points and nine rebounds to lead the Dallas Mavericks past the Milwaukee Bucks 112-110 Friday night. Finley, also just back from injury, added 19 points.

    "Two warriors," said Dallas assistant coach Avery Johnson, filling in for Don Nelson, who was with his wife following surgery. "They gave us 40 minutes each, both of them coming off some injuries.

    "They did a good job of being captains tonight."

    Jason Terry tied his season high with 28 points for Dallas, which had lost 20 of 23 games at Milwaukee during the franchise's history.

    Michael Redd led Milwaukee with 33 points, but missed a fadeaway jumper with 2 seconds left that would have tied the game.

    Finley had missed three games with a left calf contusion, and Nowitzki had missed two. Both returned Thursday in a loss to the Lakers.

    "That's a tough team, a tough tandem," Redd said. "You have a seven-footer who can shoot and handle the ball the way he does and Michael Finley to complement him so well. They have a great future together."

    Desmond Mason added 20 points for Milwaukee. Joe Smith had 19 points and nine rebounds.

    Two free throws by Nowitzki with 18.7 seconds left put Dallas up 111-108 and helped seal the victory.

    Finley hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 102 with less than 3 minutes remaining. A layup by Redd with 2:41 left put Milwaukee back on top, but Nowitzki responded with a layup and free throw of his own to give Dallas a 105-104 lead.

    Milwaukee would not lead again, but had its chances.

    Redd missed a 17-footer with 21 seconds left that would have given Milwaukee the lead, and saw his 18-foot jumper over Darrell Armstrong come up short to end it.

    A night after shooting 36.7 percent in the 100-95 loss to the Lakers, Dallas made its first six field goals and shot 50.6 percent for the game.

    Terry made 11 of 17 shots.

    "He came out aggressive, took advantage of the pick-and-roll game and made big shots for them," Redd said. "He just had a huge game."

    Dallas has given up 100 points in 12 of its last 16 games, but Johnson challenged the team to play better defense after the loss to the Lakers.

    "You've got teams battling for playoff position," Terry said. "We're trying to hold our ground. It's desperation out there. Every play counts, every free throw, every box out, every blocked shot.

    "Everything is on the line."

    Dallas' bad luck with injuries continued early in the first quarter, when Josh Howard sprained his left ankle. He did not return.

    Besides Nowitzki and Finley, Dallas has been without center Erick Dampier (right foot stress fracture) the past 10 games.

    Game notes

    Howard is listed as day-to-day. ... Dallas had just eight turnovers. ... Devin Harris played 25 minutes and scored nine points, including a highlight reel no-look layup and a free throw in the third quarter. It was Harris' first game in the state since leaving the University of Wisconsin early for the NBA draft in 2004.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 112 110
    FGM-FGA 44-87 (.506) 39-85 (.459)
    3PM-3PA 5-9 (.556) 6-15 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 19-24 (.792) 26-32 (.813)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-36 16-46
    Assists 22 26
    Turnovers 8 13
    Steals 8 5
    Blocks 5 5
    Fast Break Points 14 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 19 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 5 7

    Top Performers

    Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
    Points: 29
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Michael Redd Redd
    Points: 33
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1