MILWAUKEE -- Vince Carter scored 23 points, lifting the Dallas Mavericks to a 113-105 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Despite leading by as many as 18 in the fourth quarter, the Mavericks had to withstand a furious rally by the Bucks, who got within two posessions three times in the final five minutes but Carter's three fourth quarter 3-pointers halted the Bucks' comeback attempt.
Carter was one of five Mavericks to score in double figures. Dirk Nowitzki had 19 with 11 rebounds while O.J. Mayo and Jae Crowder each scored 14 and Mike James added 13 as Dallas (30-33) won its fourth in a row.
Monta Ellis led Milwaukee (32-30) with 32 points and Mike Dunleavy finished with 18. Off the bench, J.J. Redick contributed 17 while Epke Udoh and Larry Sanders combined for 27 points and 17 rebounds. Brandon Jennings finished four points and five assists in 27 minutes for the Bucks, who had won five of their last six.
Milwaukee scored a season-high 35 points in the opening quarter and lead by seven heading into the second but a 15-0 Mavericks run turned a nine-point deficit into a six-point lead with 2:35 left in the half.
Milwaukee outshot Dallas, 50 percent to 47.8 percent, in the half, but the Mavericks' 6-for-16 showing at the 3-point line, compared to just 2-of-9 for the Bucks, made the difference.
The Mavs opened the second half with a 9-2 run, pushing their lead to 18 on Mayo's 3 (72-57) with 7:50 to play in the third. Milwaukee then scored 11 straight, capped off by Redick's layup to cut it to 77-70 with 3:30 left in the third but Dallas outscored the Bucks, 11-4, after that to take a 90-79 lead into the fourth.
NOTES: After missing Milwaukee's 115-113 victory over Sacramento Sunday, Larry Sanders, J.J. Redick and Ersan Ilyasova returned to action Tuesday. The Bucks did have to play without Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, who has a toe injury ... Dallas is 8-24 all-time at the BMO Harris Bradley Center ... The Bucks are 6-2 since acquiring Redick at the trade deadline last month and have scored at least 100 points in seven of those games ... Mavericks rookie Jae Crowder spent two seasons in Milwaukee playing for Marquette University, where he was named Big East Conference Player of the Year last season. Crowder is averaging 5.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 10.7 minutes per night. "He's done well," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "He's played the most minutes, by far, of any of our three rookies ... He's a four-year guy, so he's mature. Anybody like that comes out of college and is the Big East Player of the Year, he's going to be more ready to play in this league than most guys."