DALLAS _ The Milwaukee Bucks had every reason to lay down and call it an early night.
The Dallas Mavericks were riding a 12-game winning streak, and were leading Monday's game at American Airlines Center against Milwaukee, 42-22, with 5:04 remaining in the first half. But unlucky win No. 13 in a row never happened for the Mavericks as the Bucks stormed back and got out of town with a surprising 103-99 victory before a sellout crowd of 19,720.
"Look, that's a great team,'' Bucks coach Scott Skiles said of the Mavs. "We have a lot of respect -- especially when we didn't play well early -- it would have been very easy to hang our heads and figure, "Hey, they're a great club.'
"We were able to get some easy ones in the paint, took the burden off our jump shots and inevitably as it happens, we started knocking down some jump shots after that.'
For the Mavs, they went to the well one time too many.
Last Saturday against Utah, the Mavs led the Jazz, 29-4, late in the first period. Utah, however, rallied to tie the game late before the Mavs won it at the end, 103-97.
But the Buck stopped Monday night for the Mavs.
-- Dwain Price