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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 23 26 24 27 100 ORLANDO 29 32 20 31 112 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 35, DIRK NOWITZKI 20, HUBERT DAVIS 14 ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 33, CHRIS GATLING 19, TARIQ ABDUL-WAHAD 16

HIGH REBOUND: DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 9, ERICK STRICKLAND 9 ORL - CHRIS GATLING 12, BEN WALLACE 8

HIGH ASSISTS: DAL - ERICK STRICKLAND 11, MICHAEL FINLEY 8 ORL - DARRELL ARMSTRONG 14, MONTY WILLIAMS 5

ATT: 12,741


Extended Box

DALLAS (100) AT ORLANDO (112)

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

FINLEY F 48 15-34 3-3 1 6 7 8 2 2 4 35 NOWITZKI F 43 8-13 3-3 1 8 9 1 5 0 2 20 BRADLEY C 36 5-13 1-1 4 1 5 0 3 3 1 11 DAVIS G 43 5-12 2-3 1 1 2 6 3 0 7 14 STRICKLAND G 43 5-15 1-2 4 5 9 11 2 3 8 13 ROOKS 12 0-2 0-0 1 2 3 1 4 0 2 0 HUGHES 15 3-3 1-2 3 3 6 0 4 0 1 7 CEBALLOS DNP - FLU JACKSON DNP - BRUISED RIGHT THIGH NASH DNP - RIGHT ANKLE TENDON STRAIN PACK DNP - STRAINED RIGHT GROIN SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 41-92 11-14 15 26 41 27 23 8 25 100 (.446) (.786) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 26(36 PTS)

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

WALLACE F 23 3-6 1-2 4 4 8 1 1 0 2 7 WILLIAMS F 27 4-11 2-2 2 3 5 5 2 1 2 10 DOLEAC C 14 2-6 0-0 1 5 6 0 2 2 3 4 ABDUL-WAHAD G 26 7-9 2-4 2 0 2 1 5 6 4 16 D ARMSTRONG G 37 12-20 3-3 0 4 4 14 2 5 5 33 AMAECHI 8 0-4 2-2 1 1 2 1 1 0 1 2 OUTLAW 22 0-0 0-0 1 4 5 3 3 0 1 0 GATLING 30 6-11 7-10 8 4 12 0 1 0 1 19 PARKER 21 2-9 0-0 0 2 2 1 2 1 1 5 ATKINS 11 2-8 0-0 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 4 GARRITY 21 5-9 2-2 0 0 0 1 5 0 3 12 MAGGETTE DNP - INFECTED LEFT FOOT

TOTALS 240 43-93 19-25 20 27 47 30 24 15 23 112 (.462) (.760) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 23(25 PTS)

DALLAS 23 26 24 27 - 100 ORLANDO 29 32 20 31 - 112

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - STRICKLAND, NOWITZKI, BRADLEY. ORLANDO - OUTLAW 3, WALLACE 3, GATLING. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 7-22 (.318), FINLEY 2-8, NOWITZKI 1-1, DAVIS 2-7, STRICKLAND 2-6. ORLANDO 7-17 (.412), D ARMSTRONG 6-11, PARKER 1-4, ATKINS 0-1, GARRITY 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: HUE HOLLINS, SEAN CORBIN, RODNEY MOTT. A - 12,741. T - 2:16.


Box Score

DALLAS (100) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Finley 48 15-34 3-3 1-7 8 2 35 Nowitzki 43 8-13 3-3 1-9 1 5 20 Bradley 36 5-13 1-1 4-5 0 3 11 Davis 43 5-12 2-3 1-2 6 3 14 Strickland 43 5-15 1-2 4-9 11 2 13 Rooks 12 0-2 0-0 1-3 1 4 0 Hughes 15 3-3 1-2 3-6 0 4 7 Ceballos DNP - flu Jackson DNP - bruised right thigh Nash DNP - right ankle tendon strain Pack DNP - strained right groin Sundov DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 41-92 11-14 15-41 27 23 100 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.446, FT-.786. 3-Point Goals: 7-22, .318 (Finley 2-8, Nowitzki 1-1, Davis 2-7, Strickland 2-6). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Strickland, Nowitzki, Bradley). Turnovers: 26 (Strickland 8, Davis 7, Finley 4, Nowitzki 2, Rooks 2, Bradley, Hughes). Steals: 8 (Bradley 3, Strickland 3, Finley 2).

ORLANDO (112) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Wallace 23 3-6 1-2 4-8 1 1 7 Williams 27 4-11 2-2 2-5 5 2 10 Doleac 14 2-6 0-0 1-6 0 2 4 Abdul-wahad 26 7-9 2-4 2-2 1 5 16 D Armstrong 37 12-20 3-3 0-4 14 2 33 Amaechi 8 0-4 2-2 1-2 1 1 2 Outlaw 22 0-0 0-0 1-5 3 3 0 Gatling 30 6-11 7-10 8-12 0 1 19 Parker 21 2-9 0-0 0-2 1 2 5 Atkins 11 2-8 0-0 1-1 3 0 4 Garrity 21 5-9 2-2 0-0 1 5 12 Maggette DNP - infected left foot _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-93 19-25 20-47 30 24 112 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.462, FT-.760. 3-Point Goals: 7-17, .412 (D Armstrong 6-11, Parker 1-4, Atkins 0-1, Garrity 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 7 (Outlaw 3, Wallace 3, Gatling). Turnovers: 23 (D Armstrong 5, Abdul-wahad 4, Doleac 3, Garrity 3, Wallace 2, Williams 2, Amaechi, Gatling, Outlaw, Parker). Steals: 15 (Abdul-wahad 6, D Armstrong 5, Doleac 2, Parker, Williams). ____________________________________________ Dallas 23 26 24 27 - 100 Orlando 29 32 20 31 - 112 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 12,741. T: 2:16. Officials: Hue Hollins, Sean Corbin, Rodney Mott.


Game Story

ORLANDO, Florida (Ticker) -- Darrell Armstrong had a career year last season. But he never enjoyed a night like tonight.

Armstrong had career highs of 33 points and 14 assists as the Orlando Magic avenged an earlier loss to the Dallas Mavericks with a 112-100 victory.

Armstrong, who earned the NBA's Most Improved Player and Sixth Man awards last season, surpassed his previous career high of 28 points, established on March 23 against Charlotte.

The energetic point guard had 22 points by halftime, helping the Magic to a 61-49 advantage. He finished 12-of-20 from the field, making 6-of-11 attempts from 3-point range.

"You've got to keep the mindset of a point guard and the mindset of a shooter," Armstrong said. "Because if you're hot, you've got to look to the basket. There's no reason to get hot and then quit looking at it. You've got to stay aggressive sometimes."

Chris Gatling added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Magic, who suffered a 125-117 loss at Dallas on November 13.

"That was a nice win, obviously," Orlando coach Doc Rivers said. "It put us at .500, so that was a really important win for us."

Michael Finley netted a season-best 35 points and Dirk Nowitzki had 20 for the Mavs, who suffered their fifth straight loss.

The Magic had an eight-point lead after three quarters and scored the first seven points of the final period, opening their biggest lead at 88-73 following Pat Garrity's driving layup with 10:25 remaining.

But the Mavericks would not go away and embarked on a 15-4 surge to get back into it, capped by a layup by Nowitzki that cut the deficit to four with 4:16 to play.

Nowitzki connected on 8-of-13 shots while pulling down nine rebounds.

The Mavs were still within 104-100 with less than a minute to go. But Tariq Abdul-Wahad hit 1-of-2 free throws and, after a turnover, Armstrong put an exclamation point on the win with a reverse dunk.

Abdul-Wahad also had a strong game, finishing with 16 points, as the Magic shot 46 percent (43-of-93). They also had a 47-41 rebounding edge.

Due to injuries, Dallas was forced to rely heavily on Finley, who connected on 15-of-34 shots. The Mavs were without point guard Robert Pack and forward Cedric Ceballos.

Dallas shot 45 percent (41-of-92) and committed 25 turnovers.

"Fatigue was a factor, we could not play the way we wanted to," Mavs coach Don Nelson said. "We had trouble handling the ball, and we don't have a point guard, and they (Orlando) capitalized on that. Our turnover ratio was way too much. We don't turn the ball over too much, it's unlike us, but there's a reason for it."

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