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Mavericks stop 4-game slide with win against Bucks

DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks' first win in a couple weeks was quite a relief for Wesley Matthews and company.

Matthews scored a season-high 22 points, and the Mavericks stopped a four-game slide with a 111-79 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.

''It rejuvenates you,'' Matthews said. ''Everybody feels good. Aches don't hurt as much, you just feel better about everything you've done. You don't need moral victories, you've got the real one and you can actually see everything we're trying to bring together.''

Matthews also had eight assists while helping Dallas (3-14) to its first win since Nov. 7 at Washington. He had six of the Mavericks' franchise record-tying 19 3-pointers.

''We were playing basketball, and one of the hardest things to guard is random movement,'' he said. ''That's when I'm at my best, when we're just playing and stay in a rhythm.''

J.J. Barea had 20 points for the Mavericks, and Harrison Barnes finished with 18. Yogi Ferrell had 16 points and Dwight Powell grabbed 13 rebounds.

Milwaukee had won four in a row. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 17 rebounds for the Bucks (8-7), and Khris Middleton added 23 points.

It was Milwaukee's first loss since it acquired Eric Bledsoe in a trade with the Phoenix Suns on Nov. 7.

''I think the ball was just stuck,'' Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. ''The ball got sticky and we were afraid to let go of it to a teammate.''

The Mavericks never trailed after Matthews' 3-pointer made it 22-20 with 3:07 left in the first quarter. Dallas went 19 for 38 from beyond the arc, including a shot clock-beating 3 from near midcourt by Barea that made it 88-64 in the fourth quarter.

''I had to shoot that one,'' Barea said. ''You don't see a lot of those.''

Kidd said his team should have been ready for the 3-point barrage.

''Coming into the game we had talked about how they are second in the league in attempts,'' Kidd said. ''They just haven't made them. But tonight they made up for all those misses.''

Milwaukee went 6 of 25 from 3-point range.

TERRY RETURNS

Jason Terry played the final couple minutes for Milwaukee and got a standing ovation from the crowd. The 40-year-old Terry played for Dallas from 2004 to 2012 and helped the Mavs win the NBA title in 2011.

Terry scored on his only field-goal attempt, leading to a large roar from the crowd.

''I knew he was gonna score,'' Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. ''I was gonna clap, I wasn't sure how appropriate that was. You know how I feel about him, that's one of the reasons we're all wearing rings here.''

TIP-INS

Bucks: C John Henson went 3 for 10 at the free-throw line. ... Kidd had two stints in Dallas as a player and averaged 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 8.4 assists in 500 career games with the Mavericks. ... The Bucks host the Mavericks on Dec. 8.

Mavericks: C Nerlens Noel only played three minutes. Noel played six minutes in Friday night's 111-87 loss to Minnesota and has been replaced in the rotation by Salah Mejri. ... Dallas still leads the NBA with 14 losses this season.

UP NEXT

Bucks: Host the Washington Wizards on Monday.

Mavericks: Host the Boston Celtics on Monday.

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Key Players
G. Antetokounmpo
34 F
H. Barnes
40 F
35.4 Min. Per Game 35.4
18.8 Pts. Per Game 18.8
1.6 Ast. Per Game 1.6
7.1 Reb. Per Game 7.1
56.3 Field Goal % 44.4
57.7 Three Point % 44.4
76.2 Free Throw % 80.0
  Defensive rebound by Nerlens Noel 0:13
  Gary Payton II missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:16
+ 2 Nerlens Noel made layup, assist by Antonius Cleveland 0:26
+ 2 Joel Bolomboy made dunk, assist by Rashad Vaughn 0:40
  Defensive rebound by Gary Payton II 0:41
  Maxi Kleber missed jump shot, blocked by Rashad Vaughn 0:44
  Personal foul on Joel Bolomboy 1:05
  Team rebound 1:05
  D.J. Wilson missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:06
  Defensive rebound by Gary Payton II 1:17
  Nerlens Noel missed dunk, blocked by Jason Terry 1:20
Team Stats
Points 79 111
Field Goals 28-74 (37.8%) 38-79 (48.1%)
3-Pointers 6-25 (24.0%) 19-38 (50.0%)
Free Throws 17-31 (54.8%) 16-19 (84.2%)
Total Rebounds 45 59
Offensive 8 7
Defensive 30 42
Team 7 10
Assists 13 27
Steals 8 7
Blocks 5 2
Turnovers 13 17
Fouls 25 26
Technicals 0 0
24 PTS, 17 REB, 2 AST
22 PTS, 2 REB, 8 AST
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away team logo Bucks 8-7 2420171879
home team logo Mavericks 3-14 33232629111
Team Stats
away team logo Bucks 8-7 101.9 PPG 38.6 RPG 22.0 APG
home team logo Mavericks 3-14 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
G. Antetokounmpo F 26.9 PPG 10.0 RPG 4.8 APG 52.9 FG%
W. Matthews G 12.7 PPG 3.1 RPG 2.7 APG 40.6 FG%
Top Scorers
G. Antetokounmpo F 24 PTS 17 REB 2 AST
W. Matthews G 22 PTS 2 REB 8 AST
37.8 FG% 48.1
24.0 3PT FG% 50.0
54.8 FT% 84.2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 39 24 17 2 3 0 3 5 7/20 1/2 9/13 5 12 45 -18
K. Middleton 32 23 0 2 1 0 2 5 9/12 3/5 2/2 0 0 26 -25
T. Snell 32 8 3 0 0 1 1 3 3/6 2/5 0/0 0 3 11 -19
E. Bledsoe 21 6 4 4 1 0 2 4 2/10 0/3 2/2 0 4 17 -9
J. Henson 20 5 2 0 0 1 1 2 1/2 0/0 3/10 0 2 7 -4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 39 24 17 2 3 0 3 5 7/20 1/2 9/13 5 12 45 -18
K. Middleton 32 23 0 2 1 0 2 5 9/12 3/5 2/2 0 0 26 -25
T. Snell 32 8 3 0 0 1 1 3 3/6 2/5 0/0 0 3 11 -19
E. Bledsoe 21 6 4 4 1 0 2 4 2/10 0/3 2/2 0 4 17 -9
J. Henson 20 5 2 0 0 1 1 2 1/2 0/0 3/10 0 2 7 -4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Brogdon 32 4 1 1 1 0 1 2 2/9 0/3 0/0 0 1 7 -22
D. Liggins 18 3 1 2 2 0 1 2 1/5 0/3 1/2 0 1 9 -30
J. Terry 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 3 0
J. Bolomboy 3 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 1/1 0/0 0/2 1 0 2 0
T. Maker 24 2 7 1 0 1 1 1 1/6 0/2 0/0 2 5 11 -28
R. Vaughn 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 3 0
G. Payton II 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2 2 -5
D. Wilson 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 0
M. Teletovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Dellavedova - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 79 38 13 8 5 13 25 28/74 6/25 17/31 8 30 143 -160
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
W. Matthews 33 22 2 8 2 0 1 1 8/14 6/8 0/0 0 2 41 +17
H. Barnes 32 18 7 1 1 0 4 3 5/11 2/4 6/6 0 7 24 +21
D. Nowitzki 24 7 7 4 1 0 1 3 3/8 1/3 0/0 1 6 22 +17
D. Smith Jr. 21 5 4 2 1 1 4 3 2/8 1/4 0/0 0 4 11 +13
M. Kleber 9 5 0 1 0 0 1 3 2/3 0/0 1/1 0 0 6 -2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
W. Matthews 33 22 2 8 2 0 1 1 8/14 6/8 0/0 0 2 41 +17
H. Barnes 32 18 7 1 1 0 4 3 5/11 2/4 6/6 0 7 24 +21
D. Nowitzki 24 7 7 4 1 0 1 3 3/8 1/3 0/0 1 6 22 +17
D. Smith Jr. 21 5 4 2 1 1 4 3 2/8 1/4 0/0 0 4 11 +13
M. Kleber 9 5 0 1 0 0 1 3 2/3 0/0 1/1 0 0 6 -2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Barea 23 20 3 7 0 0 3 2 5/10 4/7 6/7 1 2 34 +19
Y. Ferrell 32 16 4 1 0 0 1 2 6/8 3/5 1/2 0 4 21 +23
D. Powell 24 8 13 0 0 0 1 2 3/6 0/2 2/3 4 9 20 +28
D. Harris 19 6 3 1 1 0 0 4 2/7 2/4 0/0 0 3 12 +24
N. Noel 3 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 2 6 0
S. Mejri 6 2 3 0 0 1 0 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 6 0
J. Withey 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 0
A. Cleveland 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 3 0
J. McRoberts - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Curry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Motley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Finney-Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 232 111 49 27 7 2 17 26 38/79 19/38 16/19 7 42 206 +160