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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MIAMI 27 30 19 16 92 DALLAS 28 17 24 20 89 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIA - PJ BROWN 25, ALONZO MOURNING 18, VOSHON LENARD 17 DAL - GARY TRENT 22, MICHAEL FINLEY 13, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12

HIGH REBOUND: MIA - PJ BROWN 13, ALONZO MOURNING 11 DAL - SHAWN BRADLEY 10, MICHAEL FINLEY 8

HIGH ASSISTS: MIA - ANTHONY CARTER 7, THREE PLAYERS WITH 3 DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 4, GARY TRENT 4

ATT: 14,049


Extended Box

MIAMI (92) AT DALLAS (89)

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

BROWN F 33 10-17 5-8 5 8 13 3 4 0 2 25 STRICKLAND F 14 1-2 2-2 0 3 3 2 2 0 0 4 MOURNING C 36 8-17 2-2 4 7 11 2 5 0 4 18 CARTER G 27 0-4 0-0 1 2 3 7 3 0 2 0 MAJERLE G 41 4-7 2-4 0 7 7 3 1 3 1 14 LENARD 33 6-13 1-1 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 17 WEATHERSPOON 21 1-4 2-2 1 6 7 3 1 2 3 4 THORPE 22 3-4 2-2 0 1 1 0 3 1 2 8 WALTERS 12 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 2 BUFORD 1 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 CAUSWELL DNP - COACH'S DECISION MASHBURN DNP - LEFT ANKLE

TOTALS 240 34-73 16-21 13 36 49 23 23 6 15 92 (.466) (.762) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 15(22 PTS)

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

NOWITZKI F 38 5-15 0-1 1 5 6 2 4 1 2 12 TRENT F 33 9-14 4-6 1 1 2 4 2 0 1 22 BRADLEY C 37 4-9 3-4 1 9 10 0 4 2 2 11 DAVIS G 33 2-3 2-2 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 8 FINLEY G 42 5-17 2-2 2 6 8 4 2 1 4 13 CEBALLOS 33 4-9 4-5 2 3 5 0 4 1 0 12 HUGHES 1 1-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 JONES 23 3-9 1-3 1 2 3 2 0 0 0 9 NASH DNP - RIGHT ANKLE TENDON SPRAIN ROOKS DNP - COACH'S DECISION SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-77 16-23 10 27 37 13 19 5 9 89 (.429) (.696) TEAM REBS: 5 TOTAL TO: 10(11 PTS)

MIAMI 27 30 19 16 - 92 DALLAS 28 17 24 20 - 89

BLOCKED SHOTS: MIAMI - MOURNING 3. DALLAS - BRADLEY 6, NOWITZKI, FINLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MIAMI 8-12 (.667), MAJERLE 4-5, LENARD 4-6, WALTERS 0-1. DALLAS 7-11 (.636), NOWITZKI 2-3, DAVIS 2-2, FINLEY 1-2, JONES 2-4. TECHNICALS: DALLAS - ILLEGAL DEFENSE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, SEAN CORBIN, MARC DAVIS. A - 14,049. T - 2:18.


Box Score

MIAMI (92) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Brown 33 10-17 5-8 5-13 3 4 25 Strickland 14 1-2 2-2 0-3 2 2 4 Mourning 36 8-17 2-2 4-11 2 5 18 Carter 27 0-4 0-0 1-3 7 3 0 Majerle 41 4-7 2-4 0-7 3 1 14 Lenard 33 6-13 1-1 1-2 1 2 17 Weatherspoon 21 1-4 2-2 1-7 3 1 4 Thorpe 22 3-4 2-2 0-1 0 3 8 Walters 12 1-4 0-0 0-1 2 2 2 Buford 1 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Causwell DNP - coach's decision Mashburn DNP - left ankle _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-73 16-21 13-49 23 23 92 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.466, FT-.762. 3-Point Goals: 8-12, .667 (Majerle 4-5, Lenard 4-6, Walters 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 3 (Mourning 3). Turnovers: 15 (Mourning 4, Weatherspoon 3, Brown 2, Carter 2, Thorpe 2, Lenard, Majerle). Steals: 6 (Majerle 3, Weatherspoon 2, Thorpe).

DALLAS (89) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Nowitzki 38 5-15 0-1 1-6 2 4 12 Trent 33 9-14 4-6 1-2 4 2 22 Bradley 37 4-9 3-4 1-10 0 4 11 Davis 33 2-3 2-2 1-2 1 2 8 Finley 42 5-17 2-2 2-8 4 2 13 Ceballos 33 4-9 4-5 2-5 0 4 12 Hughes 1 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 2 Jones 23 3-9 1-3 1-3 2 0 9 Nash DNP - right ankle tendon sprain Rooks DNP - coach's decision Sundov DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-77 16-23 10-37 13 19 89 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.429, FT-.696. 3-Point Goals: 7-11, .636 (Nowitzki 2-3, Davis 2-2, Finley 1-2, Jones 2-4). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 8 (Bradley 6, Nowitzki, Finley). Turnovers: 10 (Finley 4, Bradley 2, Nowitzki 2, Trent). Steals: 5 (Bradley 2, Ceballos, Finley, Nowitzki). ____________________________________________ Miami 27 30 19 16 - 92 Dallas 28 17 24 20 - 89 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Dallas 1 (Illegal Defense, 9:00 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,049. T: 2:18. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Sean Corbin, Marc Davis.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- Miami Heat coach Pat Riley will take an amazing winning streak over the Dallas Mavericks into the next century.

Riley made it 26 consecutive wins over the Mavericks as the Heat held on for a 92-89 victory that ended their season-high four-game losing streak.

Dallas had a chance to tie but Dirk Nowitzki's off-balance 3-pointer from the top of the key came up short at the buzzer.

The Mavericks also had a chance to pull even on their previous possession, but Alonzo Mourning blocked Damon Jones' jumper in the lane with 6.5 seconds remaining. Two seconds later, P.J. Brown hit 1-of-2 from the line to give Miami a three-point lead.

"I was determined not to let them get any shots going to the basket," Mourning said. "I would have left my man to help out on anyone coming to the hole. If they were going to beat us, they would have to score from outside."

"I was still a little bit disappointed in the execution and our end-of-game smarts," Riley added. "I just don't think we handled the situations well at all but we held on defensively for three or four possessions."

Dallas has dropped 16 straight meetings with Miami and has not beaten a Riley-coached team since March 12, 1988, when he was with the Los Angeles Lakers.

"The players stepped up and we actually get into a defensive battle with one of the best defensive teams in the league," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "We held our own. It's one of those games where we needed to make shots when we were open and we just didn't make the shots."

Brown scored a season-high 25 points and Mourning added 18 for Miami, which opened a 63-48 lead on Mourning's 16-footer with 10:13 remaining in the third quarter.

"I shot the ball pretty well tonight, the best I've shot the whole year," said Brown, who was 10-of-17 from the field. "They were dropping off on Zo (Mourning). I just took the shot. The shot presented itself and I felt good tonight. Hopefully, I can continue to do that."

The Heat took a 76-69 lead into the final period before Dallas made a late charge that fell short. The Mavs pulled within 91-89 on Nowitzki's 3-pointer with 1:04 left.

Gary Trent scored a season-high 22 points and Michael Finley added 13 for Dallas, which has lost five straight games and eight of nine.

"We played well enough to win this basketball game tonight and down the stretch we didn't make the plays," Jones said. "We'll go back to the drawing board and get ready for a good Phoenix team."

Brown grabbed 13 rebounds and Mourning added 11, helping Miami to a 49-37 edge on the glass. The Heat shot 47 percent (34-of-73) from the field while holding Dallas to 43 percent (33-of-77).

"We needed a win badly and that's what's its all about," Brown said. "It's not about points and scoring or rebounds. It was all about getting the win tonight. That's all I cared about and I think everyone on this team, too. Hopefully, this'll give us a spark that will get us back on track."

The shorthanded Heat played without injured guard Tim Hardaway and forward Jamal Mashburn, who sprained his left ankle in Saturday's loss to Charlotte.

"Any win is big right now," Mourning said. "With two of our guys out, any win right now is important. We can't continue to struggle. Everyone has to step up. Everybody on the team has to come in and contribute. We have 50 percent of our offense out, so someone else has to step up and made big plays for us."

Voshon Lenard scored 17 points and Dan Majerle added 14 for Miami, which prevailed despite forcing only 10 turnovers. But two of those came on steals by Majerle on consecutive possessions with the Heat holding a 91-86 lead.

Nowitzki and Cedric Ceballos scored 12 points apiece for the Mavericks while Shawn Bradley had 11 and 10 rebounds.

"Tonight we were real aggressive defensively but our offense lacked," Ceballos said. "If we can just piece it all together we would have a great game."

After Miami grabbed a 15-8 lead on Mourning's two free throws with 6:44 remaining in the first quarter, Dallas forged a 28-27 lead on rookie Rick Hughes' tip-in with six-tenths of a second left.

The Heat took control in the second quarter, opening a 51-37 cushion on Brown's tip-in with 2:29 remaining. Miami settled for a 57-45 halftime lead.

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