It's been a long day, kids, so we're going to try and do this in the shortest and most entertaining form we possibly can. If it's sloppy, my bad... there's no accounting for style points at this time of night:
Duh statement of the evening: The Mavericks needed that one (badly) after the mess in San Antonio on Tuesday night.
Line of the evening: From Dirk Nowitzki, when asked why Bucks forward Charlie Villanueva stopped hitting buckets after the first quarter: "They took Nowitzki off him."
Much-needed outing: The Mavs were a bit sluggish early, but Josh Howard lifted them out of the doldrums. He was doing just about everything right this evening, and his 27 points are the most for him since late December.
Big-ol telling number: 67.9 percent. That's what the Mavericks shot from the field (19 of 28) in their 58-26 run that began when they were down 15-7 and ended at the half. That will remedy a slow start any time.
No big man: Erick Dampier played just five minutes of this one. He's fine health-wise, and coach Rick Carlisle said it was more because Milwaukee went small: "They’re a small team to begin with. We got in a hole early, and it was just a coach’s decision."
Another big-ol number: Actually this is a comparison. The Mavs outscored the Bucks in the paint, 46-28. Yikes (for the Bucks, anyway).
-- Tracey Myers