MILWAUKEE — Monta Ellis scored on a 10-foot fadeaway jumper as time expired, giving the Dallas Mavericks a 107-105 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Ellis scored 10 of his team-leading 23 points in the final quarter as the Mavericks rallied from an eight-point deficit.
Milwaukee tied the game on a jumper by guard Brandon Knight with eight seconds left. After a timeout, Ellis took the inbounds pass and rifled a shot over Bucks guard O.J. Mayo as the clock ran out.
Center Tyson Chandler scored 18 points for Dallas, which also got 14 from forward Chandler Parsons, 13 each from forward Al-Farouq Aminu and point guard Jameer Nelson and 10 off the bench from forward Richard Jefferson.
After a tough loss Tuesday night at Cleveland, the Bucks came out shooting against the Mavericks, connecting seven of their first 11 3-point attempts.
Milwaukee finished at 45.7 percent shooting from the floor, 29.6 percent (8-for-27) from 3-point range.
Forward Khris Middleton hit his first six from the field and finished 21 points, while Knight went 8-for-16 from the floor and led Milwaukee with 25 points.
Knight hit five of his first nine shots and scored 13 points in the first half as the Bucks shot 64 percent from the field and led 64-57 at halftime.
Dallas used a 10-0 run early in the third to take a 69-68 lead and went ahead by four on a 3-pointer by Nelson. The Bucks scored just 14 points in the third quarter and trailed by a bucket heading into the fourth.
NOTES: Bucks F Ersan Ilyasova sustained a nasal fracture and a mild concussion after being inadvertently hit in the face Tuesday in Cleveland. He was not available Wednesday and will not join the Bucks on their upcoming trip to Dallas and Oklahoma City. … Mavericks PG Jameer Nelson felt fine after playing 23 minutes on Tuesday against the Bulls in Chicago and was in the starting lineup for the second consecutive night. Nelson missed Dallas’ previous three games because of back spasms. … The Mavericks won for the 12th time in their past 17 games against the Bucks, including four in a row. … Bucks F Jabari Parker was selected the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for October/November. The No. 2 overall pick in last June’s draft averaged 11.9 points and 6.1 rebounds, which ranked first and second, respectively, among NBA rookies.
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