After struggling to make stops for much of the night, the Mavs made a couple stands in the last minute to beat Milwaukee 105-103 at AAC. It's the eighth straight win, locking up only the third 60-win season in franchise history.
The Mavs went 60-22 last year and in 2002-03. With 11 games left, setting a new standard for victories is assured. Though this team is focused on winning it all, the victory milestone didn't go unnoticed.
"Fifty wins cannot be trivialized," coach Avery Johnson said. "Forget 60 or anything above 60, 50 wins in the Western Conference is tough. To talk about 60 is pretty impressive, especially with the way we started."
As for No. 1 seed in the West, the magic number over Phoenix falls to six. As for 70 wins, Jerry Stackhouse said: "We didn't talk about 60 and it's here. Hopefully, we use the same formula."
The Bucks gave the Mavs trouble in both meetings this season. Milwaukee held a 16-point third quarter lead last month before falling at home 99-93. The Mavs couldn't stop Micheal Redd (34 points) until the fourth quarter, when the only shot he took came in the last 3 seconds.
Jason Terry (27 points) and Stackhouse (21) paced the Mavs, combining for nine 9-pointers, several coming down the stretch.