Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)
Series starts 10/14
(2-3, 1-3 away)
(1-4, 1-2 home)
7:30 PM ET, October 19, 2006
American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
DALLAS (AP) -- Greg Buckner scored 19 points and Josh Howard
added 15 points a few hours after signing a four-year, $40 million
contract extension to send the Dallas Mavericks to their first
preseason victory, 88-71 over the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday
Buckner went 6-for-8 from the field and Howard converted his
first five field goal attempts for the Mavericks (1-4).
Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki had eight points, nine rebounds, four
assists and two blocked shots in his first game of the preseason.
Michael Redd had 14 points to lead the Bucks (2-3), who shot 34
percent from the field, including 3-for-21 from 3-point range.
Jason Terry, Jerry Stackhouse and Erick Dampier of Dallas all
missed the game with minor injuries.
Devin Harris, who had been out with a hamstring injury over the
same span, played for the first time in the preseason and had 12
points, while Devean George added 10.
Howard had 13 points in the first quarter. Nowitzki also made an
early impact, contributing seven points, four rebounds and two
assists as the Mavericks took a 34-20 lead into the second quarter.
Buckner had 14 points and Howard 13 as Dallas took a 52-43
The Mavericks closed the third quarter with 15 straight points
and outscored the Bucks 22-4 in the quarter to take a 74-47 lead,
their largest of the game.
Center Andrew Bogut remains out for the Bucks due to a lower
left leg sprain.