DALLAS -- They wound up beating the lowly Milwaukee Bucks, 106-93, Saturday night at American Airlines Center. But the Mavs missed out on an excellent opportunity to get a win without having to sweat it out.
Dallas led the Bucks, 90-56, with 1:01 left in the third period following a 10-footer by DeJuan Blair. But the Bucks kept pecking away and pecking away until they used a 28-9 run to get within 99-84 with 4:07 left in the game.
So much for the blowout.
"We pretty much dominated the first three quarters,'' said Brandan Wright, who tallied a game-high 19 points in only 19 minutes in his first game of the season. "But we weren't satisfied with what happened in that last quarter, but we're stioll working.
"It's still early in the season and we feel like we can get better.''
It was the Mavs' largest margin of victory since they defeated the Kobe Bryant-less Los Angeles Lakers, 123-104, on Nov. 5.
-- Dwain Price
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