Mavs win 60th, but Nowitzki hurts ankle

3-28-07 -- After the first 6-0 road trip ever, the Dallas Mavericks got home to set another franchise record -- even without Dirk Nowitzki.

With their star out after hurting his left ankle in the first half, Jason Terry had 27 points with a couple of key late baskets and the go-ahead free throw in the Mavericks' 105-103 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night for their 60th victory.

It is the third time the Mavericks have won 60 games, all in the last five years. The Western Conference's top team has 11 games left in the regular season.

After Nowitzki got hurt with 3:42 left in the first half, the Bucks went on a 14-4 run to take a 62-54 halftime lead. He returned for only about a minute after halftime, then left for good.

Nowitzki was walking around after the game and the Mavericks said he would come in for treatment on his ankle Thursday, when the team has a day off from practice.

Dallas had to overcome the absence of Nowitzki and missing four of its last six free throws.

With the game tied at 103, Terry penetrated and was fouled with 29.8 seconds left. He made the second free throw.

Dallas got a break when Ersan Illyasova had his second turnover in the final minute, a bad pass that led to a foul against Jerry Stackhouse with 15.5 seconds left. Stackhouse made the first of his two free throws and it was 105-103.

Michael Redd penetrated and took a shot in the lane with 3.3 seconds left. His acrobatic attempt was rebounded by DeSagana Diop, who was fouled and missed both of his shots. Mo Williams had a desperate half-court short at the buzzer that missed.

Redd led the Bucks with 34 points, but didn't score in the fourth quarter, when his only shot was that final one. Williams had 17 points.

Stackhouse had 21 points for Dallas, while Nowitzki and Josh Howard -- who tweaked his right ankle in the final 2 1/2 minutes -- both had 17 points. Howard, like Nowitzki, will come in for treatment Thursday, but he played the rest of the game.

Nowitzki hurt his ankle when he stepped on the foot of Milwaukee's Brian Skinner while moving under the Dallas basket. Nowitzki bent over and put his hands on his knees, then left the court and went to the locker room.

He came back out to start the second half, then moved gingerly while playing only 64 seconds. On Milwaukee's first possession to start the half, Nowitzki stumbled under the basket. He told coach Avery Johnson he was OK, but the All-Star forward missed a short jumper at the other end, then came out and went back to the locker room.

With his 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting, Nowitzki is one short of 15,000 points for his career.

After the Mavericks hit only one of their first 13 shots to start the fourth quarter, Terry tied the game at 95 on a fastbreak jumper with 4:38 left. Terry's 3-pointer with 2:22 left made it 100-99.

Stackhouse followed with another 3-pointer, sandwiched by a pair of short baskets by Williams that left the game tied at 103.


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