Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/29

Game 1: Tuesday, November 29th
Game 2: Monday, January 16th

Bucks 95

(19-17, 9-9 away)

Mavericks 114

(28-10, 15-4 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, January 16, 2006

    American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 25 20 28 2295
    DAL 27 31 31 25114

    Top Performers

    Milwaukee: M. Redd 29 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Dallas: D. Nowitzki 35 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Nowitzki scores 35 as Mavericks blow past Bucks

    DALLAS (AP) -- Erick Dampier won't be getting back into the starting lineup for the Dallas Mavericks any time soon if the center keeps playing like this off the bench.

    A reserve for the second straight game after starting the first 36, Dampier had seven rebounds and two assists in his first five minutes to help the Mavericks take control early against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.

    He finished with 10 rebounds in 14 minutes and Dirk Nowitzki scored 35 points in Dallas' 114-95 victory.

    "With Damp coming in, he's bring a lot more energy," said Josh Howard, who had 21 points and 11 rebounds. "That's what we needed from him. I think that's going to get him his drive back."

    DeSagana Diop, who replaced Dampier in the starting lineup, was scoreless with six rebounds and two blocked shots in 28 minutes.

    Coach Avery Johnson, who prefers rebounding and blocks over scoring from his centers, doesn't sound like he plans to change the lineup anytime soon.

    "I expected him to rebound really hard and go after blocked shots. That's what he did," Johnson said of Dampier. "He had one block on paper, but got up and tipped some balls. ... Now Damp is playing against some backups. That makes a difference, especially right now."

    Nowitzki made up for the poor-shooting game he had last time against Milwaukee, hitting 14-of-21 from the floor.

    Nowitzki shot 5-of-22 and scored 18 points at Milwaukee on Nov. 29, a game Dallas lost 113-111 in overtime.

    When Nowitzki scored the first seven points after halftime for the Mavericks this time, they led by 18 points and were well on way to their second straight lopsided victory. The 7-footer already had 24 points.

    "When Dirk has his jump shot, he's going to be a tough cover," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "They put him in a lot of different situations, and he takes advantage."

    The Mavericks scored at least 110 points for the third straight game, and fourth time in six games. They had eclipsed that mark three times their first 32 games.

    "Offensively, we really were able to get anything we wanted," Nowitzki said. "We were moving the ball well, we were penetrating. We got open shots and we're at our best when running and moving the ball like we did."

    Jason Terry had 20 points for the Mavericks, who play their next five games on the road.

    Michael Redd had 29 points to lead the Bucks, who have lost six of eight games. Mo Williams added 18 points.

    Coming off a 110-77 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Saturday night, Dallas got off to a sluggish start against the Bucks.

    The Mavs missed their first four shots and had three turnovers while Milwaukee jumped to a 7-0 lead on Redd's 3-pointer 2½ minutes into the game. Dallas had just two turnovers the rest of the half and went ahead 13-12 on a 15-foot jumper by Nowitzki midway through the first quarter.

    "We start out well and had good energy," Stotts said. "But they wore us down."

    Keith Van Horn hit two free throws to make it 27-25 with 2.6 seconds left in the first quarter. The Mavericks never trailed again and Van Horn, who scored nine points in less than six minutes, didn't play any more.

    A minute after entering the game, Van Horn came down awkwardly on his first basket, a driving finger-roll shot. He stayed in and played, often grimacing in pain, until after his go-ahead free throws. He had X-rays and is considered day-to-day with a sprained left ankle.

    Dampier blocked a reverse layup attempted by Dan Gadzuric in the second quarter, then had a putback slam at the other end to put the Mavs up 38-32.

    "I just went out to rebound and do whatever I can to get my hands on the ball and defend," Dampier said. "I've always been a rebounder and I can block shots. Whenever I get the opportunity, I try to make the most of it."

    After Terry drove for a layup and added a free throw to make it 50-38, the Mavericks maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the game. They led 58-45 at halftime.

    Game notes

    Dallas is 13-3 against Eastern Conference teams, 7-0 at home. ... Redd had made 30 straight free throws over seven games before a miss in the second quarter. ... Terry missed only 27 free throws all last season. He had his 28th miss Monday. ... Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin, who used to be the GM for the Texas Rangers, attended the game.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 95 114
    FGM-FGA 34-69 (.493) 40-77 (.519)
    3PM-3PA 8-16 (.500) 6-10 (.600)
    FTM-FTA 19-24 (.792) 28-36 (.778)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 5-31 14-42
    Assists 21 20
    Turnovers 18 11
    Steals 9 9
    Blocks 3 6
    Fast Break Points 9 17
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 27

    Top Performers

    Michael Redd Redd
    Points: 29
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
    Points: 35
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2