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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DENVER 35 16 18 21 90 DALLAS 33 21 26 28 108 FINAL


DENVER (90) AT DALLAS (108)

DENVER REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

BATTIE F 21 1-5 0-0 2 4 6 1 1 1 3 2 L ELLIS F 37 5-13 5-5 6 3 9 4 4 1 2 15 D GARRETT C 33 3-5 1-1 1 7 8 2 1 1 1 7 JACKSON G 35 8-17 1-1 2 2 4 5 4 0 4 17 NEWMAN G 38 4-14 4-4 0 3 3 2 2 0 1 13 FORTSON 8 0-0 2-2 0 1 1 1 2 0 2 2 GOLDWIRE 13 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 1 2 5 H ELLIS 26 6-7 0-5 3 3 6 2 3 0 1 12 LAUDERDALE 7 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 2 WASHINGTON 22 5-7 3-3 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 15 K GARRIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION WOLF DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-74 16-21 15 25 40 19 22 5 18 90 (.473) (.762) TEAM REBS: 6 TOTAL TO: 20(33 PTS)

DALLAS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

SCOTT F 37 11-15 1-1 2 3 5 3 1 0 2 28 WALKER F 30 6-15 2-3 4 4 8 1 4 1 1 14 BRADLEY C 22 3-8 1-2 2 4 6 4 3 0 0 7 FINLEY G 40 7-13 6-6 1 4 5 4 1 1 2 20 REEVES G 13 1-4 2-4 1 1 2 3 1 2 1 4 RILEY 9 1-3 0-0 4 3 7 1 1 2 1 2 DAVIS 36 8-13 1-1 1 1 2 3 4 1 2 20 GREEN 28 2-5 2-3 1 2 3 2 2 2 1 6 MUURSEPP 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 STRICKLAND 21 3-7 1-1 1 1 2 3 3 1 1 7 PACK DNP - COACH'S DECISION WELLS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 42-84 16-21 17 23 40 25 20 10 11 108 (.500) (.762) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 11(19 PTS)

DENVER 35 16 18 21 - 90 DALLAS 33 21 26 28 - 108

BLOCKED SHOTS: DENVER - D GARRETT 4, LAUDERDALE 3, L ELLIS, BATTIE, WASHINGTON. DALLAS - BRADLEY 4, WALKER, MUURSEPP. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DENVER 4-13 (.308), L ELLIS 0-3, NEWMAN 1-5, GOLDWIRE 1-2, WASHINGTON 2-3. DALLAS 8-16 (.500), SCOTT 5-8, FINLEY 0-1, DAVIS 3-5, STRICKLAND 0-2. TECHNICALS: DALLAS - BRADLEY. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, NOLAN FINE, TIM DONAGHY. A - 8,833. T - 2:03.


DENVER (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Battie 21 1-5 0-0 2-6 1 1 2 L Ellis 37 5-13 5-5 6-9 4 4 15 D Garrett 33 3-5 1-1 1-8 2 1 7 Jackson 35 8-17 1-1 2-4 5 4 17 Newman 38 4-14 4-4 0-3 2 2 13 Fortson 8 0-0 2-2 0-1 1 2 2 Goldwire 13 2-4 0-0 0-1 2 1 5 H Ellis 26 6-7 0-5 3-6 2 3 12 Lauderdale 7 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 2 Washington 22 5-7 3-3 0-0 0 3 15 K Garris DNP - coach's decision Wolf DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-74 16-21 15-40 19 22 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.473, FT-.762. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (L Ellis 0-3, Newman 1-5, Goldwire 1-2, Washington 2-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 10 (D Garrett 4, Lauderdale 3, L Ellis, Battie, Washington). Turnovers: 20 (Jackson 4, Battie 3, Fortson 2, Goldwire 2, L Ellis 2, Lauderdale 2, D Garrett, H Ellis, Newman). Steals: 5 (Battie, D Garrett, Goldwire, L Ellis, Washington).

DALLAS (108) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Scott 37 11-15 1-1 2-5 3 1 28 Walker 30 6-15 2-3 4-8 1 4 14 Bradley 22 3-8 1-2 2-6 4 3 7 Finley 40 7-13 6-6 1-5 4 1 20 Reeves 13 1-4 2-4 1-2 3 1 4 Riley 9 1-3 0-0 4-7 1 1 2 Davis 36 8-13 1-1 1-2 3 4 20 Green 28 2-5 2-3 1-3 2 2 6 Muursepp 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Strickland 21 3-7 1-1 1-2 3 3 7 Pack DNP - coach's decision Wells DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 42-84 16-21 17-40 25 20 108 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.500, FT-.762. 3-Point Goals: 8-16, .500 (Scott 5-8, Finley 0-1, Davis 3-5, Strickland 0-2). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 6 (Bradley 4, Walker, Muursepp). Turnovers: 11 (Davis 2, Finley 2, Scott 2, Green, Reeves, Riley, Strickland, Walker). Steals: 10 (Green 2, Reeves 2, Riley 2, Davis, Finley, Strickland, Walker). ____________________________________________ Denver 35 16 18 21 - 90 Dallas 33 21 26 28 - 108 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Dallas 1 (Bradley, 4:59 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 8,833. T: 2:03. Officials: Hue Hollins, Nolan Fine, Tim Donaghy.


GAME RECAP

The Dallas Mavericks ended their 15-game losing streak with a 108-90 victory over the only team in the Western Conference with a worse record, the Denver Nuggets, who matched the longest skid in franchise history with their 14th straight defeat.

The Mavericks won for the first time since December 4th, a 105-91 victory over coach Don Nelson's former team, the New York Knicks. Dallas, which opened the season with three straight victories, won for just the third time in its last 30 games.

"It was the longest game I have ever coached," Nelson said. "I wanted to win this game so bad to beat the streak, I thought it was never going to end."

Dennis Scott scored 28 points for the Mavs (6-27), who have lost 15 straight games four times in their history and lost 16 in a row from December 28th, 1993 to January 27th, 1994. The 108 points and the 18-point margin of victory were both season highs.

"Dallas doesn't look like a team that has lost 15 straight," Nuggets forward Harold Ellis said. "They played well tonight, they played very well."

Denver also lost 14 straight games from December 5th, 1992 to January 5th, 1993, and would set the longest losing streak in team history with a loss at San Antonio on Wednesday.

The Nuggets (2-29), owners of the league's worst record, remained the only team without a road win this season, dropping to 0-17 away from home. Ironically, their last win on the road came at Dallas, 100-95, on April 19th in last season's finale. That is Denver's only win in its last 32 road games.

Just 8,833 fans were on hand to witness this matchup of two of the three worst teams in the league (Toronto is 4-29). That is the lowest attendance in Dallas since only 8,019 showed for a game against the San Diego Clippers on January 12th, 1983.

Rookie Bobby Jackson had 17 points for the Nuggets, who have lost six of their last seven games against the Mavericks.

Dallas shot a season-best 50 percent from the field (42-of-84), hitting at least half of its shots for the first time since March 16th of last season, a span of 52 games.

Dean Garrett scored five straight points and rookie Eric Washington converted a three-point play to give Denver a 49-41 lead midway through the second period. But Dallas reeled off the next 13 points to take the lead for good.

"This was a tough one because I thought we came out and played well early," Nuggets coach Bill Hanzlik said. "We had a nine-point lead that evaporated in about 30 seconds -- a couple of three-point shots and a couple of turnovers, and boom."

Michael Finley drained a jumper to spark that spurt and Hubert Davis hit a three-pointer to build a 54-49 lead with 2:50 remaining.

Davis tied a season high with 20 points and scored all eight of his second-quarter points during the 13-0 run. Finley finished with 20 points but failed to lead the Mavs in scoring for the first time in seven games, having averaged 23.0 points in his previous six outings.

A three-pointer by Scott increased the advantage to 60-51 early in the third quarter. He drained three of his five three-pointers in the period to help Dallas to an 80-69 lead heading into the fourth.

A free throw by Jackson cut the deficit to 96-88 with 4:59 to play, but Dallas ended the game on a 12-2 run. Scott scored four points down the stretch as Dallas ended its seven-game home losing streak.

Samaki Walker contributed eight of his 14 points in the final period and also grabbed eight rebounds for the Mavericks.

"I think we've been kicked on and talked about, but we've kept our heads high," Walker said.

This was the first game that Nelson had his son, Donn Nelson, with him on the bench as one of his assistant coaches in Dallas. The younger Nelson apparently provided the Mavs with some desperately needed good fortune just five days after he was hired away from the Phoenix Suns.

Washington and LaPhonso Ellis scored 15 points apiece for the Nuggets, who committed 20 turnovers and shot 47 percent (35-of-74) from the floor.

Mavericks center Shawn Bradley suffered a broken nose early in the first quarter but came back to finish with seven points and six rebounds in 22 minutes.

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