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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- SAN ANTONIO 25 35 10 26 96 DALLAS 21 22 22 32 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: SAS - DAVID ROBINSON 30, TIM DUNCAN 26, MARIO ELIE 9 DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 24, ERICK STRICKLAND 14, DIRK NOWITZKI 13

HIGH REBOUND: SAS - DAVID ROBINSON 17, TIM DUNCAN 12 DAL - SHAWN BRADLEY 8, DIRK NOWITZKI 7

HIGH ASSISTS: SAS - TIM DUNCAN 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 DAL - STEVE NASH 4, GREG BUCKNER 3

ATT: 15,578


Extended Box

SAN ANTONIO (96) AT DALLAS (97)

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

DUNCAN F 40 8-11 10-13 4 8 12 5 4 0 3 26 S ELLIOTT F 18 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 ROBINSON C 37 10-17 10-12 2 15 17 4 3 1 5 30 ELIE G 39 3-9 2-2 0 0 0 4 2 0 2 9 JOHNSON G 30 3-10 2-2 0 4 4 2 3 2 2 8 J KERSEY 17 3-6 0-0 0 4 4 1 1 0 1 6 WALKER 6 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 1 JACKSON 16 2-3 1-1 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 6 ROSE 13 3-4 0-0 2 1 3 2 4 0 0 6 DANIELS 24 0-2 2-2 0 0 0 3 1 1 1 2 DIAL DNP - COACH'S DECISION SPENCER DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-64 28-34 8 33 41 23 22 4 17 96 (.516) (.824) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 17(23 PTS)

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

FINLEY F 45 11-17 0-0 1 5 6 1 2 1 2 24 NOWITZKI F 27 3-10 7-7 2 5 7 1 5 0 0 13 BRADLEY C 24 3-7 2-2 3 5 8 0 2 0 0 8 NASH G 41 4-9 0-0 1 1 2 4 3 1 1 9 STRICKLAND G 40 7-14 0-0 2 0 2 2 3 1 0 14 ROOKS 19 4-8 1-1 0 1 1 0 4 3 0 9 CEBALLOS 9 1-7 1-2 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 3 DAVIS 14 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 5 BUCKNER 21 5-13 2-2 1 2 3 3 3 0 2 12 JONES DNP - COACH'S DECISION PACK DNP - COACH'S DECISION SUNDOV DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 40-89 13-14 10 21 31 12 25 7 6 97 (.449) (.929) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 6(8 PTS)

SAN ANTONIO 25 35 10 26 - 96 DALLAS 21 22 22 32 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: SAN ANTONIO - DUNCAN 2, J KERSEY 2, ROBINSON, WALKER. DALLAS - NOWITZKI, ROOKS, BRADLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: SAN ANTONIO 2-6 (.333), ELIE 1-2, J KERSEY 0-2, JACKSON 1-2. DALLAS 4-15 (.267), FINLEY 2-3, NOWITZKI 0-3, NASH 1-3, STRICKLAND 0-2, CEBALLOS 0-2, DAVIS 1-1, BUCKNER 0-1. TECHNICALS: DALLAS - ILLEGAL DEFENSE 3. OFFICIALS: TERRY DURHAM, TOM WASHINGTON, (MICHAEL SMITH. A - 15,578. T - 2:10.


Box Score

SAN ANTONIO (96) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Duncan 40 8-11 10-13 4-12 5 4 26 S Elliott 18 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2 Robinson 37 10-17 10-12 2-17 4 3 30 Elie 39 3-9 2-2 0-0 4 2 9 Johnson 30 3-10 2-2 0-4 2 3 8 J Kersey 17 3-6 0-0 0-4 1 1 6 Walker 6 0-0 1-2 0-1 0 2 1 Jackson 16 2-3 1-1 0-0 2 2 6 Rose 13 3-4 0-0 2-3 2 4 6 Daniels 24 0-2 2-2 0-0 3 1 2 Dial DNP - coach's decision Spencer DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-64 28-34 8-41 23 22 96 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.516, FT-.824. 3-Point Goals: 2-6, .333 (Elie 1-2, J Kersey 0-2, Jackson 1-2). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 6 (Duncan 2, J Kersey 2, Robinson, Walker). Turnovers: 17 (Robinson 5, Duncan 3, Elie 2, Johnson 2, Daniels, J Kersey, Jackson, S Elliott, Walker). Steals: 4 (Johnson 2, Daniels, Robinson).

DALLAS (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Finley 45 11-17 0-0 1-6 1 2 24 Nowitzki 27 3-10 7-7 2-7 1 5 13 Bradley 24 3-7 2-2 3-8 0 2 8 Nash 41 4-9 0-0 1-2 4 3 9 Strickland 40 7-14 0-0 2-2 2 3 14 Rooks 19 4-8 1-1 0-1 0 4 9 Ceballos 9 1-7 1-2 0-1 0 1 3 Davis 14 2-4 0-0 0-1 1 2 5 Buckner 21 5-13 2-2 1-3 3 3 12 Jones DNP - coach's decision Pack DNP - coach's decision Sundov DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-89 13-14 10-31 12 25 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.449, FT-.929. 3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Finley 2-3, Nowitzki 0-3, Nash 1-3, Strickland 0-2, Ceballos 0-2, Davis 1-1, Buckner 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Nowitzki, Rooks, Bradley). Turnovers: 6 (Buckner 2, Finley 2, Davis, Nash). Steals: 7 (Rooks 3, Ceballos, Finley, Nash, Strickland). ____________________________________________ San Antonio 25 35 10 26 - 96 Dallas 21 22 22 32 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Dallas 3 (Illegal Defense 3, 10:03 2nd, 3:50 2nd, 6:40 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 15,578. T: 2:10. Officials: Terry Durham, Tom Washington, (michael Smith.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- On Thursday, the San Antonio Spurs were a no-show against the Dallas Mavericks. Tonight they showed up for a half before giving one away.

Erick Strickland's buzzer-beating layup capped the biggest home-court comeback in franchise history as the Mavericks stunned the Spurs for the second time in a week with a 97-96 victory over San Antonio.

Dallas trailed by a point with 13 seconds left when rookie Greg Buckner's shot in the lane was blocked by Tim Duncan. After a scramble for the loose ball, Michael Finley fed Dirk Nowitzki for a desperation 3-pointer from the right corner.

Nowitzki hit nothing but air and the Spurs seemed to relax. But Strickland, who had 14 points, snuck in for the rebound and laid the ball through in one motion as the horn sounded, putting the final touch on a stunning 22-point comeback.

"I knew how the last play was going to develop," Strickland said. "Michael was the key because he turned down a shot and got a guy (Nowitzki) an open look. It was long. It came right to me. I didn't know if I had enough time to touch it back up... fortunately I did.

"I saw the shot go up and I said, 'That's long'," Strickland added. I got into the right position and happened to be there. It came right down to me. I was just in the right spot at the right time."

Dallas, which trailed 60-38 in the last minute of the first half, broke the Reunion Arena franchise record set with a 19-point comeback against Chicago on March 12, 1998.

"We had confidence carrying over from the other game. I think we were a little bit overconfident," Finley said. "The way we played in San Antonio was a little bit misleading. We came out here and thought it would be that easy in the first half. It obviously wasn't. The second half we put our priorities in order, started working hard and doing the little things that it took us to win the game in San Antonio. Fortunately, we got a win."

Coupled with a 110-88 blowout on Thursday, the Mavericks have taken two in a row from defending champion San Antonio after losing 13 of the previous 14 meetings.

David Robinson had 30 points and 17 rebounds for the Spurs, who are only 5-5 in their last 10 games.

"I couldn't tell," said Robinson, when asked if he thought the shot beat the buzzer. "I was watching the shot and was glad that he missed on the 3-pointer. I thought we were going to have that (rebound) and we didn't get it. Stuff like that happens when you give them the opportunity to hang around like that."

The Spurs broke open a close game by hitting 13 consecutive shots, including their first nine of the second quarter, to forge a 49-32 lead with 4:30 left in the first half. San Antonio, which shot 12-of-15 for the period, stretched the lead to 60-38 with 31 seconds remaining.

But the Spurs began their halftime break a bit early. Sean Rooks converted a three-point play and Strickland came up with a steal and fed Finley for a dunk, allowing the Mavs to shave the deficit to 60-43 at halftime and gain some momentum for the third quarter.

"We knew they were going to come out with a lot of fire to try to avenge what happened down there," Strickland said. When we got down, just getting it down under twenty at the half, we felt good about that."

After hitting virtually everything they threw up in the second quarter, the Spurs were ice cold in the third, making only 2-of-12 shots.

Finley buried a 3-pointer to cap a 7-0 run that brought Dallas within 62-52 with 9:19 left. The Spurs still led 67-57 midway through the quarter on the strength of foul shooting but Dallas closed with an 8-3 run to cut the deficit to 70-65 entering the fourth quarter.

"In the third quarter, we felt we could make a run at it," Strickland said. "There was no quit in this team. It felt good to go out there and close the deal. We've lost games like this. Tonight we continued to fight and that came through for us."

Strickland gave Dallas the lead for the first time since the opening period, capping a 7-0 run with a short jumper that made it 72-70 at the 10:08 mark. The game was tied 10 times over the next nine minutes until Mario Elie's jumper gave San Antonio a 94-92 lead with 59 seconds to play.

Finley, who scored 24 points, buried a 3-pointer from the right sideline to give the Mavericks a one-point lead with 40 seconds left. Elie misfired on a 3-pointer and Robinson missed a follow shot but Duncan converted a tip-in for a 96-95 lead with 13 seconds left, setting up the game-winning play.

"It was the first time in two years that I've seen this building go crazy, so it was a lot of fun," Mavericks guard Steve Nash said.

Nowitzki had 14 points and Buckner added 12 off the bench for Dallas, which shot 45 percent (40-of-89) and committed only six turnovers.

Duncan had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Spurs, who shot 52 percent (33-of-64) and hit 28-of-34 free throws but were plagued by 17 turnovers.

"We don't need to drop these kinds of games," Duncan said. "We came in here and thought we played pretty well in the first half. The third quarter was a bit of a low and we just couldn't make stops down the stretch in the fourth."

"It was a great job of coming back and we shot ourselves in the foot with turnovers again," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "It's been a nemesis for us all year. They got 20 points off of the turnovers We shot a lot of free throws and shot them great. I think we shot (50 percent) from the field and rebounded well. You can't ask for more, but you can't give the ball away as many times as we did. That was our downfall. That's inexcusable. We seem to have created a habit."

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