JJ Barea made sure Dallas didn’t spoil Harrison Barnes’ career-game as the Mavericks finally nabbed their first win in an overtime thriller over the Milwaukee Bucks, 86-75, at the American Airlines Center on Sunday (Monday, Manila time)
Barea had five points and a big assist in a 10-1 run to open the extra period, capped by a Wes Matthews triple off a Barea pass to give the Mavs an 84-75 lead with 59.1 left and Dallas never looked back, thanks to some impressive defensive stops by the unheralded Dorian Finney-Smith.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had the only point for the Bucks in overtime after going 1-of-2 from the stripe, but the Bucks saw their three game win streak snapped due to a couple of errors in the closing stretch of the extra period.
Dallas took a 47-39 lead at the half but went scoreless for a five-minute stretch bridging third and fourth quarters, while Milwaukee went on an 8-0 run, capped by Mirza Teletovic’s back-to-back threes. But Barnes broke the drought with a corner triple to bring Mavs back, 64-62, at the 8:41 mark.
After a Monroe basket to put the Bucks ahead 68-62, Matthews sank the only field goal for both teams after 10 tries in a three-minute span to bring Dallas closer, 68-65, with 3:21 to go in the fourth period. Then, Barnes and Barea led a late charge to tie the game at 72 with 1:01 left in the quarter.
Antetokounmpo’s dunk off a broken play put the Bucks up by two, 74-72, on the next play. Barnes countered with a layup with 13 ticks left to tie the game. Antetokounmpo then missed a stepback jumper at the buzzer that could have prevented overtime.
Barnes led all scorers with his personal-best 34 points to go with eight rebounds, while Barea had 21, including 12 in the second half. Matthews had a miserable 3-of-17 clip from the field, but knocked down two big threes in the fourth quarter and overtime period to give Dallas its first win in six games.
Jabari Parker had 16 to lead Milwaukee, who fell to 4-3. Antetokounmpo scored all 11 of his points in the second half as he played limited minutes due to foul trouble before halftime.