Mavericks never trail in win over Bucks

DALLAS (AP) — Wesley Matthews scored 22 points, including two clutch 3-points in the fourth quarter, and the Dallas Mavericks held off the Milwaukee Bucks 103-93 Monday night.

The Mavericks never trailed and led by as many as 13 points in the second half, but needed consecutive 3s by Matthews to fend off a Bucks comeback.

Matthews snapped an 89-all tie with a 3-pointer from the right wing with 4:25 to play, then followed Giannis Antetokounmpo’s runner at the other end with another 3 with 3:50 remaining.

The Bucks didn’t score again until Antetokounmpo’s layup with 1:11 to play made it 97-93. Devin Harris sealed the game with a layup with 11 seconds left following a loose-ball scramble that included the Bucks’ O.J. Mayo crashing over the scorer’s table.

Zaza Pachulia added 17 points and eight rebounds for Dallas against his former team.

Jerryd Bayless returned to the Bucks’ lineup after missing 11 games with a left ankle sprain and led Milwaukee with 19 points and seven assists.

Milwaukee went on a 9-0 run early in the fourth quarter, including two buckets by Bayless, to slice the Mavericks’ lead to 83-81. Bayless had eight points in the quarter.

Khris Middleton’s turnaround jumper tied it at 89 with 4:49 to play.

Dallas won in part by taking care of the ball on offense and capitalizing on the Bucks’ mistakes. The Mavericks tied a franchise low with four turnovers, outscoring Milwaukee on points off turnovers 26-0.

The Mavericks helped keep the Bucks in the game with uncharacteristically poor free throw shooting. Dallas entered averaging 79 percent, fourth in the NBA, but made just nine of its first 16 from the line and went 17 of 26 for the game.

Pachulia, traded by the Bucks to Dallas in July after the Mavericks were rebuffed by free-agent center DeAndre Jordan, scored 13 points in the first half as Dallas built a 60-51 lead at the break.

TIP-INS

Bucks: Middleton was ejected with 6.2 seconds to play after getting called for two technical fouls. . Milwaukee F John Henson was in uniform but did not play after injuring his right elbow on a hard foul Saturday against Toronto.

Mavericks: G Deron Williams missed his third consecutive game with a strained left hamstring. . Members of Cotton Bowl participants Alabama and Michigan State attended the game.

UP NEXT

Bucks: At Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

Mavericks: Host Golden State on Wednesday.