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Posted Dec 14 2013 12:53AM
Dirk Nowitzki scored the most points for the Dallas Mavericks in 12 straight seasons until O.J. Mayo ended that streak in 2012-13.
Mayo returns to Dallas on Saturday night with the Milwaukee Bucks, who will see one their former players in Monta Ellis.
Nowitzki is 14th all-time in the NBA in scoring with the most points in Mavericks history at 25,537. He scored more points for the club in every season since 2000-01 until his injury-plagued campaign last season paved the way for Mayo to lead the club with 1,255 in his only season with Dallas.
Nowitzki still led the team with 17.3 points per game.
The Mavericks (13-10) opted not to re-sign Mayo, who joined Milwaukee on July 13.
The Bucks (5-18), meanwhile, decided not to re-sign Ellis, who signed with Dallas on July 23. Ellis is averaging 21.4 points as the Mavs' top scorer, with Nowitzki at 21.1.
Since Mayo did not spend much time in Dallas, it's unclear what kind of reception he will get.
Ellis was booed repeatedly in his return to Milwaukee in the Mavs' 91-83 victory Nov. 9. He led four Dallas players in double figures with 18 points as his team built a lead as large as 19 points in the first half and held off a late rally.
Mayo led all scorers with 28 points to match a season high and said that the reunion with Dallas wasn't anything special.
"Nothing," Mayo said. "Just another game on the schedule."
While Dallas has enjoyed two days off before this contest, Milwaukee will arrive after a 91-90 home loss to Chicago on Friday. The Bucks are 1-7 in the second half of back-to-back contests.
The Mavericks also will likely have a key player ready to make his season debut. Brandan Wright is expected to play after being out with a small, non-displaced fracture to his left shoulder.
Wright has returned to practice and is eager to get back on the floor.
"Everything feels good, and I should be ready to go," Wright told the Mavericks' official website. "I should be ready to go, if all goes well. I'm not 100 percent sure, but I should be good."
Dallas will start a three-game homestand after a 2-2 trip ended with Wednesday's 95-93 loss to Golden State. The Mavs led by as many as 18 points before blowing a six-point advantage with 1:26 to go.
"Our guys fought hard," coach Rick Carlisle said. "It came down to a couple of plays. They made a couple, and we didn't."
Now Dallas will try to avoid its first three-game slide and improve to 5-0 at home against Eastern Conference foes.
The lowly Bucks are in search of three straight road wins as they try to recover from Friday's disappointment in which former Milwaukee forward Mike Dunleavy banked in a winning 3-pointer with 5.8 seconds left to beat them. They led by five with 90 seconds to go.
"It wasn't an easy shot," coach Larry Drew said. "It was a contested shot. But I'll say it again: It should not have come down it (that). We were in position where we should have closed that game out."
Mayo scored 14 points after totaling 10 in his previous two contests.
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Notebook: Mavericks 106, Bucks 93
Micah Powell, for NBA.com
Posted Sat Dec 14, 2013 11:32 PM - Updated Sat Dec 14, 2013 11:32 PM
THE FACT: Dallas improved its record to 10-1 when recording at least 25 assists.
THE LEAD: Brandan Wright returned from injury and scored 19 points, and Jose Calderon added 18 points to power a short-handed Dallas squad to a 106-93 win over Milwaukee, Saturday night at the American Airlines Center.
With second-leading scorer Dirk Nowitzki and head coach Rick Carlisle under the weather, Dallas relied on its perimeter shooting to stake it to an early lead, as the Mavericks drilled home six 3-pointers to build a 12-point first-quarter lead, an advantage the Bucks would fail to push back to single digits the rest of the way.
QUOTABLE: "It was great to see him out there. His athleticism on defense, on offense, all of those in-between shots that we know he's really good at -- he showed us that again. He did a great job with the game plan, the schemes on defense. He's just an experienced guy, so it's great to have him back."
-- Mavericks assistant coach Monte Mathis
THE STAT: The Mavericks spread the wealth around in Nowitzki's absence, notching 25 assists with five players scoring in double figures. Before narrowing the margin in the fourth, the Bucks had registered just five assists in the first three frames.
TURNING POINT: The Mavericks used a 23-4 run bridging the second and third quarters to open up a 75-47 advantage early in the second half.
HOT: Wright was dominant in his return to the lineup after missing the first 23 games of the season with a fractured left shoulder, connecting on 9-for-10 shots from the field and pulling down six rebounds in just 19 minutes off the bench.
FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Calderon was on fire in the first half, hitting four 3-pointers and scoring 16 of his 18 points before the break. ... Shawn Marion notched his fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 boards. ... John Henson filled up the stat sheet in the loss, recording 18 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks.
INSIDE THE ARENA: The Mavericks hosted their annual "Seats for Soldiers" event, providing more than 100 wounded service members from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and Dallas-area reservists with front-row tickets for the evening's game. The seats, valued at more than $350,000 were donated by courtside season ticket holders. The troops have proven to be good luck for the Mavericks over the years, as Dallas improved its record to 8-1 during the event.
ROOKIE WATCH: Giannis Antetokounmpo was among the few bright spots for the Bucks, as the first-year forward posted 13 points and nine rebounds while leading all Milwaukee players with 35 minutes.
NOTABLE: Filling in for Nowitzki, Jae Crowder made his second start of the season and posted eight points. ... Gary Neal (plantar fasciitis) left the game in the third quarter and did not return. ... Samuel Dalembert did not play (coach's decision).
UP NEXT: For the Mavericks, Wednesday vs. Memphis, Friday vs. Toronto, Saturday @ Phoenix. For the Bucks, Wednesday vs. New York, Friday @ Cleveland, Saturday vs. Philadelphia.