Before I tell you the score, these facts should be known:
1. Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd walked off the bench on to the court and towards the locker room with a few seconds still left in the game.
2. Damon Jones got game minutes, and hit a three-pointer on his first attempt.
3. The Bucks shot 58 percent tonight—despite shooting only 29 percent in the first quarter.
Milwaukee improved to 21-24 as they beat the Mavericks 133-99. That is not a typo.
The Bucks looked unbelievable for three quarters of basketball. This box score tells quite a story.
Milwaukee looked like they were just having a great time out there, and it was a lot of fun to watch. Cuban's expressions were also priceless.
The big stud for the Bucks tonight was Charlie Villanueva. He scored 32 points to go with 10 rebounds, two assists, and two steals, while not coughing up any turnovers.
Michael Redd chipped in 27 points with seven rebounds. Ramon Sessions was perfect off the bench, scoring 21 and dishing out seven assists, and Richard Jefferson flirted with a triple-double, putting up 15 points, seven boards, and eight assists.
And the icing on the cake was Jones trotting out, hitting a three, pointing at Jon and Jim, and having the bench jump around. It was like the red-headed kid at the end of the bench on a high school team who gets in during a blowout and gets the team all riled up.
The Bucks head to Atlanta Friday to take on the Hawks at 6:30 pm, televised on FSN Wisconsin.
TBC's Player of the Game: Charlie V.