DALLAS (AP) -- Monta Ellis made sure the Milwaukee Bucks didn't lose another close game.
Dirk Nowitzki couldn't do the same, even with a stat line the Dallas Mavericks had not seen from their star in nearly 10 years.
Ellis scored 22 points, and the Bucks spoiled Nowitzki's first game since April 2003 with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a 95-90 victory over the Mavericks on Tuesday night.
Playing point guard with struggling backcourt mate Brandon Jennings on the bench, Ellis twice put the Bucks ahead in the final 2 minutes, the last time on a jumper for a 92-90 lead with 1:03 remaining. Milwaukee snapped a three-game losing streak -- all by three points or fewer, just the third time that's happened in franchise history.
"We can put that behind us now and build off of that," said Ellis, who also had game highs with nine assists and six steals.
Nowitzki had 21 points and 20 rebounds for the Mavericks, who had two chances to tie after Ellis' go-ahead basket. Vince Carter mis...