MILWAUKEE (AP) -- With 19 points and 14 rebounds, top draft pick
Andrew Bogut had already played perhaps his best game as a pro. A
blocked shot to win the game sealed it.
Bogut made two free throws late in overtime, then blocked Jason
Terry's potential game-tying shot at the buzzer to lift the
Milwaukee Bucks past the Dallas Mavericks 113-111 Tuesday night.
"Just seeing Terry running at me full speed, I was thinking
about taking the charge," Bogut said. "Then he slowed up. I don't
know what I was trying to do, but I just got a hand up there."
Terry still had 37 points for Dallas, but wanted his final
attempt, a running 10-footer to the right of the lane, back.
"I should have pulled up for the 3, on the road," said Terry,
who also missed a shot at the buzzer in regulation that would have
won it, one night after winning the game with a running jumper at
the horn at Toronto.
"That was the play we wanted. It was just on me whether I took
the 3 or the two. I just can't make that mistake in that
T.J. Ford had a career-high 24 points, including a key 3-pointer
with 31 seconds remaining for Milwaukee, which was playing without
leading scorer Michael Redd. Bobby Simmons led the Bucks with 26
Milwaukee, which had shot below 40 percent in each of its last
four games, made 49 percent of its shots and was 6-of-11 on
Milwaukee outrebounded Dallas 46-37.
"The defense was horrible," said Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, who
was just 5-of-22. "It wasn't great from the beginning on. We were
trading baskets, and we've got be better than that."
The game was tied at 100 going into overtime, and Milwaukee took
a 107-102 lead after a jumper by Simmons.
But Dallas responded with six straight points, taking a 108-107
lead when Nowitzki sank an 18-foot jumper over Bogut with 51
seconds remaining. Simmons then set up Ford for a wide-open
3-pointer from the left corner to make it 110-108. Two free throws
by Bogut made it 112-108, but Terry's 3-pointer made it 112-111
with 5.1 seconds left.
Ford made the second of two free throws with 4.6 seconds
remaining to make it a two-point game and set up Bogut's block.
"In this league you can't stop everybody," Ford said of Terry.
"You just try to limit shot attempts. We got him at the end."
Redd, fifth in the NBA in scoring at 25.9 points per game, was
out after hurting his right quadriceps during practice Monday. He
is listed as day-to-day. Mo Williams started in his place and had
"When you lose one of your leaders, it's always big," Williams
said. "To say, 'Hey, we beat a good team without our star player,'
that builds confidence in the team."
The win put Milwaukee at 7-6 in November, its first winning
November since the 2001-02 season, when the Bucks went 9-4.
"It was a big game," Bogut said. "To have a winning month
with our injuries and a new coach ... it is satisfying."
Milwaukee led 55-54 at halftime and scored the first nine points
of the second half to take a 10-point lead.
Terry had 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the period to keep
Dallas in it. The game was close the rest of the way.
Milwaukee scored five straight points to lead 100-98 on Simmons'
layup with 33 seconds left.
Terry's running layup 4 seconds later tied it 100.
Marquis Daniels had a season-high 21 points for Dallas. Keith
Van Horn added 14 before fouling out midway through the fourth
Nowitzki, coming off a 29-point game at Toronto, had 18 points
despite his poor shooting. He blamed himself for the loss.
"I was the Bucks' sixth man today," he said. "It's
frustrating. It was a tough night for me."
Milwaukee's Joe Smith missed his second straight game with
left knee pain. Dallas was without forward Josh Howard (sprained
right ankle) for the second straight game. ... The Bucks have won
21 of 25 games over Dallas in Milwaukee.