Head Coach Scott Skiles
On keys to the win ...
"We got off to a pretty good start, playing well until about the four-minute mark going into halftime. They came back and gained a little momentum, went back and forth. It was another game when we had to make plays to keep them at bay, and we were able to make them at both ends. Their 3-point shooting and [Jose] Barea kept them tight in the first half. We were able to at least get out and contest a few more in the second half, and get them off the line a little bit better."
On Earl Boykins' performance ...
"He was very good again, obviously. He came in, made shots. You know, Earl's one of the guys we have who can get it into the paint and somehow get it over people and still finish. Those are big plays. You don't get in the paint very often against good clubs; when you get in there you have to score, and [Earl's] been good at that."
On Dallas' zone defense ...
"They were in zone about 50 percent of the possessions tonight so they were in it quite a bit. We were up and down against it, but when we needed to make a shot, John [Salmons] made a couple big shots, Ersan [Ilyasova] was good again. At least when we needed a play we were able to make it."
Forward Corey Maggette
On keys to regaining lead and closing out the game...
"Earl Boykins. Earl's been coming in and putting up tremendous numbers for this team and really holding the fort down, because our star point guard is out. Earl is doing a terrific job, just coming in and holding us afloat. When he comes in, he comes in with a lot of energy and gets the tempo going. It's a faster tempo, he's a fast-break type of player, so he gets opportunities, starts it rolling and hits big shots and the team capitalized from there."
On looking ahead...
"As a unit you have to stay positive through all the turmoil, but that was in 2010, so in 2011 we're doing alright right now. Hopefully we can keep going, we have a few tough games ahead of us with Miami, Orlando and back with Miami. Hopefully we play hard and shoot the ball well. Tonight we had a great shooting night, thanks to Earl and some other guys and John [Salmons]. If we can kind of pick it up and improve our shooting during the next 15-20 games, it would give us a better opportunity."
Guard Earl Boykins
On tonight's game...
"It was big; tonight showed what we're capable of doing when we play with energy. Tonight we had the same type of energy we had against the Lakers, and that's what we need every night. If we play with that type of energy, we're a very good basketball team."
On his three-point shot out of the time out late in the game ...
"I was actually supposed to pass the ball (laughs). I was looking for the three. I could see they were starting to cheat toward the passing lane and knew that was going to be there."
- Tonight's game was the second time in franchise history the Bucks have played on New Year's Day. The last time Milwaukee played on New Year's Day was January 1, 1973 when they lost to Baltimore at the Milwaukee Arena. It is also the second time in franchise history the Mavericks have played on New Year's Day as well. The only other time Dallas competed on New Year's Day was January 1, 1983 in New Jersey.
- Shawn Marion (thigh) and Dirk Nowitzki (sprained right knee) did not dress for Dallas tonight. Caron Butler went down in the first quarter with a right knee injury and did not return. For Milwaukee, Luc Mbah a Moute went down with a mild concussion and did not return.
- The Bucks took a 25-18 lead at the end of the first quarter after a 14-4 run over the last 6:48 of the quarter. Milwaukee shot 10-20 (50.0 percent) from the field led by John Salmons' seven points.
- Milwaukee held a 52-50 lead at the break. The benches for both teams combined for 40 of the 59 points (Dallas 19; Milwaukee 21) in the quarter. Jose Barea led all scorers with 18 points at the half, 16 of which came in the second quarter. Earl Boykins led the Bucks with 12 points, 10 of which came in the second quarter. Ersan Ilyasova had 10 points and eight rebounds at the half.
- Dallas ended the first half on a 15-4 run getting 10 points from Jose Barea over the final four minutes.
- The Bucks have now held 12 of their last 13 opponents under 100 points. With tonight's win the Bucks improve to 7-6 during the span.
- John Salmons has now scored in double-digits in seven consecutive games tallying 21 points tonight. Entering tonight's game Salmons had been averaging 18.2 points over the previous six games and shooting 60.0 percent from the 3-point line. Tonight Salmons shot 2-4 (50.0 percent) from outside.
- Jose Barea led the Mavericks with a career high 29 points in tonight's game off the bench. Earl Boykins led Milwaukee with a season high 26 points, also coming off the bench.
- Ersan Ilyasova recorded his 1,500th career point in the second quarter of tonight's game. Ilyasova notched his fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and a career high 17 rebounds.
- Chris Douglas-Roberts reached a career feat of 1,000 career points in the third quarter.
- The Bucks out-rebounded the Mavericks 51-31 tonight and outscored Dallas 50-24 in points in the paint.
- Tonight's loss for Dallas snaps an eight game winning streak on the road, their second road loss of the season, and have now lost three consecutive games. It also gives Milwaukee a 2-0 sweep over the Mavericks this season, the first sweep for Milwaukee since the 2002-03 season. After tonight's loss the Mavericks are 17-4 in their last 21 games.