Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/16

Game 1: Monday, November 16th
Game 2: Tuesday, January 26th

Mavericks 115

(8-3, 5-2 away)

Bucks 113

(5-3, 4-1 home)

    Coverage: NBATV

    8:00 PM ET, November 16, 2009

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    DAL 33 33 19 19 11115
    MIL 28 26 28 22 9113

    Top Performers

    Dal: D. Nowitzki 32 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Mil: B. Jennings 25 Pts, 7 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Nowitzki, Kidd help Mavericks hold off Bucks in OT

    Associated Press

    MILWAUKEE -- Dirk Nowitzki thought his shot was perfect when it left his hand.

    He'll definitely take the lucky overtime bounce.

    Nowitzki hit a fallaway 18-footer with a hand in his face as time expired to give the Dallas Mavericks a 115-113 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.

    Fast Facts

    • The Mavericks have won six of their last eight games vs. the Bucks.

    • Dirk Nowitzki has scored at least 20 points in 35 of his last 36 games dating back to last season.

    • The Bucks fell to 3-1 on their current six-game homestand.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    "I thought it was going straight in. The bounce was obviously lucky," said Nowitzki, who scored seven of his 32 points in overtime. "When it bounced up, it seemed like it was up there forever. We got a lucky bounce and we definitely needed it."

    With 3.1 seconds left, Nowitzki caught a pass from Jason Kidd, who finished a point short of a triple-double, and threw it up over Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. The ball rattled off the rim and kissed the backboard, dropping softly through the hoop as the backboard lights came on.

    "Great catch because they were both fighting," said Kidd, who had nine points, 10 rebounds and 17 assists. "[Dirk] made a heck of a catch and then from there he does what he does, that's making baskets. He's been doing it for us all season and his whole career."

    The play was upheld after a brief review.

    "It was a tough shot. It went in and out and went back in," Mbah a Moute said. "It's tough, it's very tough. He's a good player. I probably should've tried harder to deny him the ball, but they just throw it up and he's 7-foot."

    Nowitzki, who also had 11 rebounds, untucked his jersey and celebrated with his teammates near the Mavericks' bench after the shot went in. He jumped into Jose Barea and was immediately tackled by Kidd as Dallas finished a 3-1 road trip with a pileup.

    "He got up a shot and we got a fortunate bounce," coach Rick Carlisle said. "We feel fortunate. We played hard enough to deserve the game and they did to. It's a great win for us and a tough loss for them."

    Bucks rookie Brandon Jennings had 25 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in his first game since scoring 55 against the Warriors on Saturday night. But it wasn't enough to extend Milwaukee's winning streak to five.

    The short-handed Mavericks lost forward Shawn Marion to a sprained left ankle in the second quarter. Owner Mark Cuban said Marion is day to day, but should be fine.

    Drew Gooden had 22 points and 14 rebounds again playing in place of center Erick Dampier.

    Trailing by 18 midway through the third, the Bucks cut it to 85-82 on Jennings' 3 just before time expired in the period.

    Jennings' underhand runner gave the Bucks a 104-102 lead, but Jason Terry tied it with a jumper with 32 seconds left. Luke Ridnour and Jennings both missed shots for Milwaukee that would've won it in regulation.

    Jennings said he didn't see Ersan Ilyasova open in the corner.

    "I wanted the ball at the last second," Jennings said. "I didn't know Ersan's man had doubled me. When I looked back at the tape I saw he was wide open for the jump shot. It's something I'm going to learn from. It's a long season."

    Ilyasova finished with 19 points, Ridnour added 17 and Andrew Bogut and Mbah a Moute each had 13 for the Bucks.

    Dampier was hospitalized after warmups ahead of Sunday night's 95-90 victory in Detroit, but the Mavericks have said little about it beyond he wasn't feeling well. Carlisle didn't elaborate before the game, but said Dampier was flying to Milwaukee and rejoining the team in time to fly home on the Mavericks' charter flight.

    That flight back to Dallas is certain to be celebratory now.

    "It'll be great," Kidd said. "This is a big win. ... We've given some away and tonight, it was kind of looking like that, but we stayed involved and made some plays down the stretch."

    Game notes

    Jennings' 55-point effort on Saturday night made him the youngest player to score 50 or more in NBA history at 20 years, 52 days. LeBron James is second at 20 years, 80 days. ... Cuban spoke at an event for Milwaukee business leaders. He said he appreciated the Bucks for trading his franchise the rights to Nowitzki, selected ninth in 1998, and Pat Garrity for Robert "Tractor" Traylor, who was picked sixth. Traylor played two forgettable years in Milwaukee.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 115 113
    FGM-FGA 44-86 (.512) 44-99 (.444)
    3PM-3PA 10-20 (.500) 14-27 (.519)
    FTM-FTA 17-22 (.773) 11-17 (.647)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-48 14-47
    Assists 28 26
    Turnovers 16 10
    Steals 5 10
    Blocks 3 4
    Fast Break Points 9 18
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 21 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 18 2

    Top Performers

    Dirk Nowitzki Nowitzki
    Points: 32
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Brandon Jennings Jennings
    Points: 25
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1