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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 24 27 19 23 93 INDIANA 27 17 24 26 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 23, MICHAEL FINLEY 22, CEDRIC CEBALLOS 14 IND - JALEN ROSE 28, DALE DAVIS 16, REGGIE MILLER 15

HIGH REBOUND: DAL - DENNIS RODMAN 18, DIRK NOWITZKI 8 IND - DALE DAVIS 8, DERRICK MCKEY 8

HIGH ASSISTS: DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 5, MICHAEL FINLEY 5 IND - MARK JACKSON 6, TRAVIS BEST 5

ATT: 18,345


Extended Box

DALLAS (93) AT INDIANA (94)

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

FINLEY F 39 10-22 0-0 0 2 2 5 2 3 4 22 RODMAN F 34 1-5 0-0 6 12 18 2 3 0 0 2 NOWITZKI C 39 8-13 3-5 0 8 8 5 1 1 3 23 NASH G 28 3-11 0-0 1 0 1 3 4 0 2 7 STRICKLAND G 28 2-7 2-2 0 1 1 2 2 2 3 6 CEBALLOS 29 6-17 2-2 2 5 7 4 4 0 2 14 BUCKNER 18 2-4 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 0 0 4 ROOKS 9 3-4 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 1 0 6 DAVIS 15 3-6 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 0 1 7 JONES 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 BRADLEY DNP - INJURED EYE SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 39-90 7-9 11 33 44 25 21 7 15 93 (.433) (.778) TEAM REBS: 9 TOTAL TO: 15(14 PTS)

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

CROSHERE F 21 3-7 0-0 0 5 5 1 3 1 1 6 ROSE F 45 12-21 3-3 0 2 2 2 4 1 4 28 D DAVIS C 29 7-9 2-3 1 7 8 0 2 0 0 16 JACKSON G 24 2-9 0-0 0 4 4 6 1 1 4 4 MILLER G 42 4-12 7-7 1 2 3 3 4 1 2 15 MCKEY 27 0-2 4-4 2 6 8 1 2 1 0 4 BEST 25 5-9 2-2 0 1 1 5 0 2 1 13 PERKINS 19 2-6 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 0 0 6 HARRINGTON 8 1-2 0-0 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 2 J BENDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION MULLIN DNP - COACH'S DECISION SMITS DNP - SORE LOWER BACK

TOTALS 240 36-77 18-19 4 34 38 19 19 7 12 94 (.468) (.947) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 12(15 PTS)

DALLAS 24 27 19 23 - 93 INDIANA 27 17 24 26 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - NOWITZKI. INDIANA - MILLER, ROSE, HARRINGTON. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 8-21 (.381), FINLEY 2-4, NOWITZKI 4-6, NASH 1-5, STRICKLAND 0-2, CEBALLOS 0-2, DAVIS 1-2. INDIANA 4-11 (.364), CROSHERE 0-2, ROSE 1-1, JACKSON 0-1, MILLER 0-3, BEST 1-1, PERKINS 2-3. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: DICK BAVETTA, BRUCE ALEXANDER, MARK WUNDERLICH. A - 18,345. T - 2:11.


Box Score

DALLAS (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Finley 39 10-22 0-0 0-2 5 2 22 Rodman 34 1-5 0-0 6-18 2 3 2 Nowitzki 39 8-13 3-5 0-8 5 1 23 Nash 28 3-11 0-0 1-1 3 4 7 Strickland 28 2-7 2-2 0-1 2 2 6 Ceballos 29 6-17 2-2 2-7 4 4 14 Buckner 18 2-4 0-0 1-4 1 2 4 Rooks 9 3-4 0-0 1-1 1 2 6 Davis 15 3-6 0-0 0-2 2 1 7 Jones 1 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Bradley DNP - injured eye Sundov DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 39-90 7-9 11-44 25 21 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.433, FT-.778. 3-Point Goals: 8-21, .381 (Finley 2-4, Nowitzki 4-6, Nash 1-5, Strickland 0-2, Ceballos 0-2, Davis 1-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 1 (Nowitzki). Turnovers: 15 (Finley 4, Nowitzki 3, Strickland 3, Ceballos 2, Nash 2, Davis). Steals: 7 (Finley 3, Strickland 2, Nowitzki, Rooks).

INDIANA (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Croshere 21 3-7 0-0 0-5 1 3 6 Rose 45 12-21 3-3 0-2 2 4 28 D Davis 29 7-9 2-3 1-8 0 2 16 Jackson 24 2-9 0-0 0-4 6 1 4 Miller 42 4-12 7-7 1-3 3 4 15 Mckey 27 0-2 4-4 2-8 1 2 4 Best 25 5-9 2-2 0-1 5 0 13 Perkins 19 2-6 0-0 0-3 1 2 6 Harrington 8 1-2 0-0 0-4 0 1 2 J Bender DNP - coach's decision Mullin DNP - coach's decision Smits DNP - sore lower back _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 36-77 18-19 4-38 19 19 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.468, FT-.947. 3-Point Goals: 4-11, .364 (Croshere 0-2, Rose 1-1, Jackson 0-1, Miller 0-3, Best 1-1, Perkins 2-3). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 3 (Miller, Rose, Harrington). Turnovers: 12 (Jackson 4, Rose 4, Miller 2, Best, Croshere). Steals: 7 (Best 2, Croshere, Jackson, Mckey, Miller, Rose). ____________________________________________ Dallas 24 27 19 23 - 93 Indiana 27 17 24 26 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 18,345. T: 2:11. Officials: Dick Bavetta, Bruce Alexander, Mark Wunderlich.


Game Story

INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- A questionable call and two free throws by one of the best in the game from the line helped the Indiana Pacers keep their franchise-record home winning streak alive.

Reggie Miller hit two foul shots with 14 seconds remaining as the Pacers turned back a severe challenge from the improving Dallas Mavericks, 94-93, to extend their winning streak at Conseco Fieldhouse to 20 games.

"I knew it was going to be a tough game," Indiana coach Larry Bird said. "We didn't play the first 3 1/2 quarters. We really didn't deserve to win and we were lucky to get it."

The Pacers escaped with the win when Michael Finley's off-balance jumper from the top of the key hit off the front of the rim with one second remaining.

On Indiana's previous possession, Miller drove into the lane and was fouled by Dallas' Greg Bucker as he went up for the shot. However, television replays appeared to show that Bucker got his right hand on the ball.

"I don't feel like it was a foul but sometimes it goes that way," Buckner said. "You can't dwell on one play. The rest of the game is played. We messed up the rest of the game."

Indiana feasted at the foul line, making 18-of-19, compared to just 7-of-9 for the Mavericks.

With Rik Smits missing his fourth straight game due to back spasms, Jalen Rose stepped up for the Pacers with 28 points. Dale Davis added 16 for Indiana after being held scoreless in Saturday's 87-73 loss to the New York Knicks.

"Our work was cut out for us tonight," Rose said. "We were able to overcome some serious matchup problems. We had to work and work. We had to look for a way to win and make big plays."

The Pacers got all they could handle from the Mavericks, who had a four-game road winning streak snapped. Dallas led by as many as eight late in the third quarter and took a 93-89 lead with 31 seconds remaining on Dirk Nowitzki's third 3-pointer of the final period.

Nowitzki scored 23 points and Michael Finley added 22 for the Mavericks while Dennis Rodman continued his success on the boards with a team season-high 18 rebounds. He has gotten at least 16 boards in three straight contests.

"We can gain a lot of confidence from this but it would have been nice to pull it out," Dallas guard Steve Nash said. "He (Rodman) seems to have a good attitude and brings a lot of confidence and he adds to our team spirit."

Travis Best, who scored nine of his 13 points in the final quarter, answered with a 3-pointer to bring the Pacers within 93-92 with 23 seconds left.

Indiana forced a turnover when Miller deflected Nowitzki's inbounds pass off Finley's hands following a Dallas timeout. Miller, who scored 15 points, then hit the decisive free throws to give the Pacers the win.

"We just made one crucial error down the stretch and it was all my fault," Dallas coach Don Nelson said. "I had a young player take the ball out of bounds. I really should have had a veteran player do it. That situation cost us the game."

Rose guarded Finley for most of the game, but Miller picked him up in the final two minutes. The move paid dividends as Miller got a hand in Finley's face on the final possession, preventing him from getting a decent shot. Time expired when the ball caromed off the rim.

"He did a very good defensively, especially when they had the ball with 14 seconds left," Bird said of Miller. "On the last possession he was all over (Finley). This year, Reggie is playing great defense and I have a lot of confidence in him."

Indiana improved to 23-2 at home this season, including 9-0 against the Western Conference. The Pacers have not lost here since a 107-99 defeat to Detroit on November 25. Their previous closest call during the streak was a 99-96 victory over the Boston Celtics on February 1.

"Obviously, we miss Rik," Rose said. "Points come tougher but our bench seems to find a way to win. They (Dallas) are a solid basketball team and played well."

Cedric Ceballos scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half, helping the Mavericks take a 51-44 halftime lead. The Pacers went up 55-54 on Davis' jumper with 8:19 left in the third quarter, but Finley scored eight of the Mavericks' next 10 points, including an 18-footer that gave Dallas a 63-56 edge with 3:04 to play in the period.

Nash, who scored only seven points, drilled a 3-pointer to give Dallas its biggest advantage at 66-58 with 2:08 to go in the quarter.

Indiana pulled within 70-68 at the end of the period, but Dallas spurted again early in the fourth, building a 78-72 lead on Nowitzski's 3-pointer with 8:41 to play.

Rodman's tip-in -- his only points of the night -- tied it at 87-87 before Nowitzki's second 3-pointer of the period gave Dallas a 90-87 edge with 1:25 left.

Dallas was 8-of-21 from 3-point range, with Nowitzki hitting 4-of-6 and Finley 2-of-4.

Indiana's Al Harrington, one of three players to be drafted directly out of high school in 1998, was activated before the game and scored two points in eight minutes.

He went on the injured list February 1 with a back injury.

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