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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 23 25 34 22 104 WASHINGTON 17 30 18 21 86 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 23, DIRK NOWITZKI 22, SHAWN BRADLEY 20 WAS - TRACY MURRAY 17, JAHIDI WHITE 16, CHRIS WHITNEY 12

HIGH REBOUND: DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 9, CEDRIC CEBALLOS 7 WAS - JAHIDI WHITE 15, ROD STRICKLAND 6

HIGH ASSISTS: DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 9, GARY TRENT 5 WAS - ROD STRICKLAND 3, THREE PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 11,358


Extended Box

DALLAS (104) AT WASHINGTON (86)

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

NOWITZKI F 39 7-14 3-3 0 9 9 2 0 2 1 22 TRENT F 23 6-9 1-2 0 2 2 5 2 1 2 13 BRADLEY C 31 9-10 2-4 3 3 6 0 4 0 1 20 FINLEY G 42 9-23 4-4 1 5 6 9 3 1 1 23 STRICKLAND G 16 0-5 0-0 3 2 5 3 2 1 2 0 DAVIS 15 1-2 1-1 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 3 CEBALLOS 25 8-18 1-1 3 4 7 1 1 1 0 17 ROOKS 11 1-6 0-0 2 1 3 1 2 0 1 2 JONES 10 0-3 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 BUCKNER 26 2-3 0-0 2 0 2 4 4 2 0 4 SUNDOV 2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 NASH DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 43-93 12-15 15 27 42 27 22 10 9 104 (.462) (.800) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 11(12 PTS)

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

HOWARD F 29 2-9 5-5 4 1 5 1 4 0 7 9 SMITH F 22 1-6 0-2 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 2 J WHITE C 28 5-8 6-9 5 10 15 0 3 1 2 16 PROFIT G 23 4-10 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 0 1 9 STRICKLAND G 31 2-12 4-4 2 4 6 3 1 1 5 8 AUSTIN 12 1-4 1-2 1 4 5 2 2 0 0 3 A WILLIAMS 23 2-4 1-2 2 1 3 1 3 2 3 5 T MURRAY 31 6-12 4-4 2 2 4 1 4 0 0 17 C WHITNEY 19 5-11 0-0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 12 L WILLIAMS 12 1-2 0-0 2 3 5 1 0 0 0 2 JORDAN 10 1-2 1-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 HAMILTON DNP - DEATH IN FAMILY

TOTALS 240 30-80 22-30 19 32 51 14 21 4 18 86 (.375) (.733) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 19(24 PTS)

DALLAS 23 25 34 22 - 104 WASHINGTON 17 30 18 21 - 86

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - BRADLEY 5, NOWITZKI. WASHINGTON - A WILLIAMS 3, L WILLIAMS 2, J WHITE 2, HOWARD, PROFIT. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 6-14 (.429), NOWITZKI 5-8, FINLEY 1-1, CEBALLOS 0-4, JONES 0-1. WASHINGTON 4-11 (.364), PROFIT 1-2, T MURRAY 1-2, C WHITNEY 2-6, JORDAN 0-1. TECHNICALS: DALLAS - ILLEGAL DEFENSE, WASHINGTON - AUSTIN. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, GARY BENSON, SCOTT FOSTER. A - 11,358. T - 2:04.


Box Score

DALLAS (104) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Nowitzki 39 7-14 3-3 0-9 2 0 22 Trent 23 6-9 1-2 0-2 5 2 13 Bradley 31 9-10 2-4 3-6 0 4 20 Finley 42 9-23 4-4 1-6 9 3 23 Strickland 16 0-5 0-0 3-5 3 2 0 Davis 15 1-2 1-1 0-0 1 3 3 Ceballos 25 8-18 1-1 3-7 1 1 17 Rooks 11 1-6 0-0 2-3 1 2 2 Jones 10 0-3 0-0 1-1 1 1 0 Buckner 26 2-3 0-0 2-2 4 4 4 Sundov 2 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Nash DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-93 12-15 15-42 27 22 104 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.462, FT-.800. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Nowitzki 5-8, Finley 1-1, Ceballos 0-4, Jones 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 6 (Bradley 5, Nowitzki). Turnovers: 11 (Strickland 2, Trent 2, Bradley, Finley, Jones, Nowitzki, Rooks). Steals: 10 (Buckner 2, Jones 2, Nowitzki 2, Ceballos, Finley, Strickland, Trent).

WASHINGTON (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Howard 29 2-9 5-5 4-5 1 4 9 Smith 22 1-6 0-2 1-3 1 1 2 J White 28 5-8 6-9 5-15 0 3 16 Profit 23 4-10 0-0 0-3 2 2 9 Strickland 31 2-12 4-4 2-6 3 1 8 Austin 12 1-4 1-2 1-5 2 2 3 A Williams 23 2-4 1-2 2-3 1 3 5 T Murray 31 6-12 4-4 2-4 1 4 17 C Whitney 19 5-11 0-0 0-1 2 1 12 L Williams 12 1-2 0-0 2-5 1 0 2 Jordan 10 1-2 1-2 0-1 0 0 3 Hamilton DNP - death in family _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 30-80 22-30 19-51 14 21 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.375, FT-.733. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Profit 1-2, T Murray 1-2, C Whitney 2-6, Jordan 0-1). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 9 (A Williams 3, L Williams 2, J White 2, Howard, Profit). Turnovers: 19 (Howard 7, Strickland 5, A Williams 3, J White 2, Profit). Steals: 4 (A Williams 2, J White, Strickland). ____________________________________________ Dallas 23 25 34 22 - 104 Washington 17 30 18 21 - 86 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Dallas 1 (Illegal Defense, 6:44 1st). Washington 1 (Austin, 9:40 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,358. T: 2:04. Officials: Steve Javie, Gary Benson, Scott Foster.


Game Story

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Now that Michael Jordan is officially back in the NBA, the only question is how long it will take him to get sick and tired of watching the lifeless Washington Wizards lose.

Attending his first game as the Wizards' president, Jordan sat through yet another lackluster performance as the Dallas Mavericks handed Washington its fifth straight loss and eighth in nine games, 104-86.

The Wizards took their first lead of the game, 50-48, in the opening stages of the second half when Tracy Murray buried a 3-pointer. The six-time NBA champion and 10-time league scoring leader then watched in disgust as the Wizards were outscored 34-15 for the duration of the period.

Jordan, one of the most important sports figures of the 20th century, today was named president of basketball operations by the Wizards, who gave him an equity share in the franchise. He spent most of his first night on the job shaking hands with well-wishers and playing with children in one of the team's private boxes, but was noticably subdued during Dallas' outburst in the third quarter.

Michael Finley scored 23 points and Cedric Ceballos added 17 off the bench and the two combined to score Dallas' first 16 points of the fourth quarter to open a 100-75 lead with 3:55 to play. The Mavericks won for the third time in four games and just the third time in nine road contests.

With just over two minutes remaining, Jordan did get a special visit from another notable area president, Bill Clinton, who embraced him and Wizards owner Abe Pollin as the crowd at the MCI Center responded with a standing ovation.

Jahidi White had 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Wizards, who own the second-worst home record in the Eastern Conference at 7-13. "New Year. New Day. We've Got MJ!" read promotional T-shirts given to customers in the half-empty arena.

Dirk Nowitzki matched a career high by hitting 5-of-8 3-pointers en route to 22 points and nine rebounds and Shawn Bradley had 20 points, six rebounds and five blocks for Dallas, which shot 46 percent (43-of-93) and scored 24 points off turnovers.

Washington guard Mitch Richmond missed his second consecutive game with a rib injury and rookie backup, Richard Hamilton also was unavailable as he attended his grandmother's funeral.

"I feel sorry for (Washington coach) Gar (Heard)," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "They've been almost as undermanned as we've been all year. It was a great day for the Wizards in a lot of ways but not on the court."

"There's one thing we have to do," Heard added. "We have to have an effort every night no matter who is here, the President or whoever. And that means the guys out on the court have to do the job. I'm not concerned about Mike's situation."

The Mavericks jumped out to a 14-3 lead on a follow shot by Bradley with 6:22 remaining in the first quarter. White scored Washington's final seven points of the second quarter, pulling the Wizards within 48-47 at halftime.

After Murray's 3-pointer gave Washington a brief lead at 50-48, Dallas took control and held an 82-65 lead entering the final period after Nowitzki buried a 3-pointer with 4.9 seconds left in the quarter.

"We just went out there and played our game," Washington forward Michael Smith said. ""We know that Michael is going to expect a lot from us, but I don't think anybody was worried about that tonight. Things just haven't been bouncing our way lately. Everybody has their bad nights. But you can't have too many bad games in this league. If you do, you'll get blown out every night."

Murray had 17 points and Chris Whitney added 12 for the Wizards, who shot 37 percent (30-of-80) and held a 51-42 advantage on the boards.

"My job is to get these guys ready to play," Heard added. "And Mike said during the press conference that he wants to help us get the most out of the guys we have. It's unfortunate we didn't have our guys on the court who could score. We were shorthanded and the guys really tried to play hard."

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