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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 27 24 25 29 105 DENVER 18 23 22 31 94 FINAL


DALLAS (105) AT DENVER (94)

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

GREEN F 39 2-7 6-6 3 8 11 0 2 1 1 10 MUURSEPP F 36 5-8 4-5 1 1 2 3 5 3 0 16 RILEY C 30 4-8 1-2 2 6 8 1 3 1 1 9 FINLEY G 27 9-16 3-3 0 2 2 2 1 1 1 22 REEVES G 20 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 6 0 0 1 2 DAVIS 28 5-7 1-1 1 2 3 2 0 0 2 12 BRADLEY 15 3-6 6-6 0 5 5 0 1 0 0 12 WELLS 21 4-7 2-3 2 4 6 1 3 1 2 10 STRICKLAND 24 5-12 2-4 2 3 5 2 3 3 1 12 ANSTEY DNP - MIDDLE FINGER SPRAIN LEFT HAND CEBALLOS DNP - CARTILAGE TEAR - RIGHT KNEE WALKER DNP - STRESS FRACTURE RIGHT FOOT

TOTALS 240 38-75 25-30 11 31 42 17 18 10 9 105 (.507) (.833) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 10(16 PTS)

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

L ELLIS F 41 8-17 0-0 0 10 10 5 4 1 2 18 FORTSON F 35 7-12 4-5 3 2 5 3 4 0 3 18 D GARRETT C 23 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 2 JACKSON G 21 1-4 1-2 2 2 4 4 3 1 3 3 ALEXANDER G 31 4-6 2-3 0 5 5 4 1 0 2 12 NEWMAN 36 7-16 5-9 1 1 2 4 3 2 1 20 BATTIE 20 2-7 0-0 3 4 7 0 2 0 0 4 GOLDWIRE 28 8-12 0-0 0 2 2 4 3 3 1 17 STITH 5 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 LAUDERDALE DNP - COACH'S DECISION WASHINGTON DNP - COACH'S DECISION WOLF DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 38-79 12-19 9 26 35 24 23 7 13 94 (.481) (.632) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 14(23 PTS)

DALLAS 27 24 25 29 - 105 DENVER 18 23 22 31 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - RILEY 4, BRADLEY 2, GREEN, FINLEY, WELLS. DENVER - L ELLIS, D GARRETT, BATTIE. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 4-9 (.444), MUURSEPP 2-5, FINLEY 1-2, DAVIS 1-1, STRICKLAND 0-1. DENVER 6-12 (.500), L ELLIS 2-5, ALEXANDER 2-4, NEWMAN 1-2, GOLDWIRE 1-1. TECHNICALS: DENVER - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: ED MIDDLETON, BENNETT SALVATORE, DEE KANTNER. A - 9,525. T - 2:04.


DALLAS (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Green 39 2-7 6-6 3-11 0 2 10 Muursepp 36 5-8 4-5 1-2 3 5 16 Riley 30 4-8 1-2 2-8 1 3 9 Finley 27 9-16 3-3 0-2 2 1 22 Reeves 20 1-4 0-0 0-0 6 0 2 Davis 28 5-7 1-1 1-3 2 0 12 Bradley 15 3-6 6-6 0-5 0 1 12 Wells 21 4-7 2-3 2-6 1 3 10 Strickland 24 5-12 2-4 2-5 2 3 12 Anstey DNP - middle finger sprain left hand Ceballos DNP - cartilage tear - right knee Walker DNP - stress fracture right foot _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-75 25-30 11-42 17 18 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.507, FT-.833. 3-Point Goals: 4-9, .444 (Muursepp 2-5, Finley 1-2, Davis 1-1, Strickland 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 9 (Riley 4, Bradley 2, Green, Finley, Wells). Turnovers: 10 (Davis 2, Wells 2, Finley, Green, Reeves, Riley, Strickland). Steals: 10 (Muursepp 3, Strickland 3, Finley, Green, Riley, Wells).

DENVER (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Ellis 41 8-17 0-0 0-10 5 4 18 Fortson 35 7-12 4-5 3-5 3 4 18 D Garrett 23 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 3 2 Jackson 21 1-4 1-2 2-4 4 3 3 Alexander 31 4-6 2-3 0-5 4 1 12 Newman 36 7-16 5-9 1-2 4 3 20 Battie 20 2-7 0-0 3-7 0 2 4 Goldwire 28 8-12 0-0 0-2 4 3 17 Stith 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Lauderdale DNP - coach's decision Washington DNP - coach's decision Wolf DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 38-79 12-19 9-35 24 23 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.632. 3-Point Goals: 6-12, .500 (L Ellis 2-5, Alexander 2-4, Newman 1-2, Goldwire 1-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 3 (L Ellis, D Garrett, Battie). Turnovers: 14 (Fortson 3, Jackson 3, Alexander 2, L Ellis 2, D Garrett, Goldwire, Newman). Steals: 7 (Goldwire 3, Newman 2, Jackson, L Ellis). ____________________________________________ Dallas 27 24 25 29 - 105 Denver 18 23 22 31 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Denver 1 (Illegal Defense, 8:58 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 9,525. T: 2:04. Officials: Ed Middleton, Bennett Salvatore, Dee Kantner.


GAME RECAP

Michael Finley scored 13 of his 22 points in the first quarter as the Dallas Mavericks opened an early lead and cruised past Denver, 105-94, handing the Nuggets a franchise record 63rd loss.

Dallas led 27-18 after the first quarter and 51-41 at halftime. The Nuggets threatened just once in the third quarter, with Danny Fortson's layup bringing them within 53-47 with 9:17 remaining in the period. But Finley hit a free throw after Denver was whistled for illegal defense and then added a lay-in as the Mavericks rebuilt a nine-point advantage.

"I was happy with the way we played," said Dallas coach Don Nelson. "We're right on schedule with our young guys. We were able to rest Michael Finley in the fourth quarter. It was great."

At 8-63, Denver remains one win short of tying the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers (9-73), who own the worst regular-season record in NBA history. The Nuggets, who have 11 games left, host Golden State (14-55) on Friday.

Denver's worst previous season was 20-62 in 1990-91.

Johnny Newman scored 20 points and Fortson and LaPhonso Ellis added 18 apiece for the Nuggets, who fell to just 6-29 this season at McNichols Arena. The 29 home losses matches a franchise low, also accomplished last season.

Martin Muursepp added 16 points and Hubert Davis, Shawn Bradley and Erick Strickland chipped in 12 apiece for Dallas, which has won six of its last 11 games. The Mavericks have taken two of three meetings with Denver this season.

"He (Michael Finley) came out from the get-go," said Nuggets coach Bill Hanzlik. "The first couple of shots, he got good looks. And when a shooter gets good looks, look out."

The Mavericks jumped out quickly, taking a 17-9 lead on Eric Riley's free throw with 6:18 to play in the first quarter. Fortson converted a three-point play for the Nuggets, but Finley and Riley followed with consecutive jumpers for a nine-point Dallas lead.

"My jumper was good tonight, I had good looks at the basket," said Finley. "When the team has all cylinders like that, I don't need to play that many minutes."

Denver built a 33-20 lead, its largest of the first half, on Strickland's 18-footer with 8:37 remaining before the break.

Dallas shot 54 percent (19-of-35) in the first half en route to finishing at 51 percent (38-of-75) for the game. The Mavericks outscored the Nuggets, 25-12, from the foul line and held a 42-35 rebounding advantage. A.C. Green led the way with 11 rebounds to go along with his 10 points.

Anthony Goldwire contributed 17 points for Denver, which shot 48 percent (38-of-79) but committed 14 turnovers that led to 23 Dallas points.

"It was an opportunity, and we wish we could have played better. We need to regroup," said Newman. "I'm really disappointed, because we were playing some good basketball. We've got that mind set back. We're running out of games and we're running out of time."

Muursepp's three-pointer with 5:36 remaining gave Dallas a 91-75 lead. The Nuggets came within 102-94, but with only 55 seconds to play.

"We didn't want to lose," said Muursepp. "We didn't want to give Denver that pleasure. It's hard to play out here. We're playing all our players and starting to win."

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