Harrison Barnes, JJ Barea clutch heroics give Mavs breakthrough win in OT thriller over Bucks
JJ Barea had five points and a big assist to a Wes Matthews triple in a pivotal 10-1 run to open the overtime period. AP

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.

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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. 

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