Center Brian Skinner scored a season-high 20 points and had seven rebounds while backup Dan Gadzuric added 14 points and 12 rebounds as the Bucks tied a season-high in points with a 109-101 victory over the Mavericks.
“Great production from that position,” said Michael Redd, who scored four of his 21 points in the final 22 seconds to seal the victory. “The bigs took the challenge tonight, came in and asserted themselves.”
Milwaukee also took care of the ball, committing a season-low five turnovers to go with 28 assists on the team’s 42 field goals.
“They did a great job of protecting the ball,” Dallas guard Steve Nash said. “They made some shots, but I think the difference was we had no shot blocker and we had no answer for their inside game.
“If they didn’t score on the post-up, they were going either to get an offensive rebound or spread the floor for their shooters,” he said.
Despite Milwaukee’s inside play, the game wasn’t decided until the final 22 seconds. Toni Kukoc hit Redd for a fast-break layup and a 105-99 lead with 22 seconds left.
Dallas’ Antoine Walker was then called for a double technical foul and ejected, and Redd hit both free throws for a 107-99 lead.
“That wasn’t the cause of the game,” Walker said. “Man, talk about something else. That’s over with. That ain’t nothing.”
Dallas coach Don Nelson said he was unsure what caused Walker to be given the double technical.
“I didn’t have a clue what was going on,” he said.
Trailing 101-87, the Mavericks scored 10 consecutive points to pull within four on Jamison’s layup with 1:46 left. Gadzuric scored on a dunk for Milwaukee and Nowitzki hit a jumper to bring Dallas within 103-99 with 1:16 to go.
Joe Smith’s jumper gave Milwaukee an 85-81 lead after three quarters. The basket sparked a 18-6 run into the fourth quarter, allowing the Bucks to open a 101-87 lead on Kukoc’s fast-break layup with 5:14 left.
Dallas made 52 percent of its shots the first three quarters but missed 10 of its first 13 in the fourth.
The Bucks took the lead for good, 64-62, on Skinner’s basket with 10:48 left in the third quarter.
Thomas had 12 points in the first half as Milwaukee led 59-56 at halftime.
Dallas F Eduardo Najera missed his third consecutive game with a sore left knee, and F Danny Fortson missed the game with a tooth infection. … Milwaukee went more than 20 minutes without a turnover until Desmond Mason traveled with 9:27 left in the fourth quarter. … Bucks G Damon Jones is 4-for-24 shooting in the team’s last three games. … This was the first time Milwaukee won in the nine games in which the Bucks have allowed 100 points or more. .. Milwaukee has scored 109 points two other times this year. … Theteams also played Tuesday in Dallas, with the Mavericks winning, 101-92.