Dirk Makes History in Mavs' Defeat of Bucks

Depleted Bulls can't overcome Blazers, Sonics beat Kings
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2008 4:21 AM CST
Seattle SuperSonics guard Earl Watson, right, drives to the basket against Sacramento Kings guard Mike Bibby, left, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Dirk Nowitzki collected his first career triple-double—with 29 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists—in Dallas' 107-96 victory over Milwaukee. The win hardly comes as a surprise, considering the Bucks played only eight men and the Mavericks saw Jason Terry, Brandon Bass, and JJ Barea make key plays, reports the Dallas Morning News. Elsewhere in the NBA:

  • Chicago nearly pulled off a win over Portland despite missing three of their top four scorers, but a costly turnover by the Bulls left the final score at 100-97 for a Blazers' victory.
  • An improbable Seattle victory over Sacramento (105-92) was fueled by an unlikelier triple-double by Earl Watson (23 points, 10 boards, 10 assists) for the Sonics' first road win since December.