Three teams in front of the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference standings lost on Tuesday night. The Bucks failed to take advantage themselves, falling to the Dallas Mavericks 115-108 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
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Monta Ellis had 32 points and 9 assists to lead the Bucks. Mike Dunleavy added 18 and J.J. Redick 17 for the Bucks (32-30), who lost for just the second time in the last eight games.
Dallas (30-33) won its season high fourth straight game. Vince Carter hit three big 3-pointers in the 4th quarter to help keep the Bucks in check. He finished with 23 to lead the Mavericks.
The Bucks hit the road tonight to face the Washington Wizards. They’ll return to Milwaukee to host red-hot Miami on Friday night.