Dirk Nowitzki appears to finally be playing at the level that the Dallas Mavericks need. Unfortunately, it hasn't resulted in the wins they need.
Despite two monster performances from the former MVP, the Mavericks have now dropped two straight games at home, dropping to 25-31 and further back in the playoff picture.
Nowitzki posted his first 30-point night on Sunday against the Lakers, but Kobe Bryant countered with a 38-point performance as the Lakers won 103-99 at the American Airlines Center.
Dallas briefly took a 59-54 lead to start the second half, but then Bryant took command to put the Lakers in front shortly thereafter.
The fourth quarter saw eight lead changes with neither team leading by more than four. But Bryant's 13 points in the period prevented the Mavs from climbing over the hump in the end.
Nowitzki responded to that with a 20-point, 20-rebound performance Tuesday against Milwaukee. Once again, it wasn't enough as the Bucks won 95-90.
With Monta Ellis going for 11 of his 22 points, Milwauke rallied from down 72-66 early in the fourth quarter. Larry Sanders gave them their first lead of the period with 5:03 to play, and Ellis scored four with less than two minutes left to give them the lead twice, the second time for good.