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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MILWAUKEE 21 25 27 20 93 DALLAS 30 23 28 16 97 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MIL - RAY ALLEN 26, SAM CASSELL 15, TWO PLAYERS WITH 12 DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 26, STEVE NASH 20, DIRK NOWITZKI 16

HIGH REBOUND: MIL - DARVIN HAM 13, GLENN ROBINSON 9 DAL - GREG BUCKNER 11, MICHAEL FINLEY 9

HIGH ASSISTS: MIL - SAM CASSELL 7, GLENN ROBINSON 3 DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 8, STEVE NASH 5

ATT: 16,600


Extended Box

MILWAUKEE (93) AT DALLAS (97)

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

CAFFEY F 7 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 ROBINSON F 43 4-14 3-4 2 7 9 3 3 2 4 11 JOHNSON C 18 3-4 0-0 2 3 5 0 2 0 3 6 ALLEN G 40 8-17 8-8 2 2 4 2 1 0 1 26 CASSELL G 36 6-14 3-4 1 4 5 7 6 0 5 15 THOMAS 23 4-12 3-3 1 2 3 0 6 2 1 12 S WILLIAMS 13 2-3 0-0 2 3 5 0 1 0 0 4 HUNTER 31 4-9 1-2 1 3 4 2 5 2 1 12 HAM 28 2-9 3-5 4 9 13 1 3 0 2 7 ALSTON 1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 PRZYBILLA DNP - COACH'S DECISION REDD DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 33-83 21-26 17 34 51 16 27 6 18 93 (.398) (.808) TEAM REBS: 4 TOTAL TO: 20(13 PTS)

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

NAJERA F 23 4-7 2-4 3 1 4 1 3 2 0 10 NOWITZKI F 34 5-12 2-2 1 6 7 2 4 2 1 16 LAETTNER C 19 2-9 1-2 3 1 4 2 2 1 3 5 FINLEY G 42 10-21 6-8 3 6 9 8 2 2 2 26 NASH G 37 7-15 3-3 1 3 4 5 3 1 5 20 EISLEY 24 2-7 1-2 0 4 4 3 3 0 1 7 BUCKNER 27 2-7 3-6 8 3 11 0 4 1 0 7 DAVIS 14 0-2 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 0 3 0 BRADLEY 20 3-8 0-0 0 5 5 1 3 0 2 6 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION CURLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-88 18-27 20 32 52 22 26 9 17 97 (.398) (.667) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 18(23 PTS)

MILWAUKEE 21 25 27 20 - 93 DALLAS 30 23 28 16 - 97

BLOCKED SHOTS: MILWAUKEE - ROBINSON 3, HAM 2, S WILLIAMS, JOHNSON. DALLAS - BRADLEY 6, EISLEY, LAETTNER, NASH. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MILWAUKEE 6-19 (.316), ROBINSON 0-3, ALLEN 2-6, THOMAS 1-2, HUNTER 3-7, HAM 0-1. DALLAS 9-25 (.360), NOWITZKI 4-8, FINLEY 0-5, NASH 3-6, EISLEY 2-5, DAVIS 0-1. TECHNICALS: MILWAUKEE - CASSELL. OFFICIALS: BOB DELANEY, DERRICK STAFFORD, LEROY RICHARDSON. A - 16,600. T - 2:18.


Box Score

MILWAUKEE (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Caffey 7 0-1 0-0 1-2 1 0 0 Robinson 43 4-14 3-4 2-9 3 3 11 Johnson 18 3-4 0-0 2-5 0 2 6 Allen 40 8-17 8-8 2-4 2 1 26 Cassell 36 6-14 3-4 1-5 7 6 15 Thomas 23 4-12 3-3 1-3 0 6 12 S Williams 13 2-3 0-0 2-5 0 1 4 Hunter 31 4-9 1-2 1-4 2 5 12 Ham 28 2-9 3-5 4-13 1 3 7 Alston 1 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Przybilla DNP - coach's decision Redd DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 33-83 21-26 17-51 16 27 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.398, FT-.808. 3-Point Goals: 6-19, .316 (Robinson 0-3, Allen 2-6, Thomas 1-2, Hunter 3-7, Ham 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 7 (Robinson 3, Ham 2, S Williams, Johnson). Turnovers: 20 (Cassell 5, Robinson 4, Johnson 3, Ham 2, Allen, Caffey, Hunter, Thomas). Steals: 6 (Hunter 2, Robinson 2, Thomas 2).

DALLAS (97) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Najera 23 4-7 2-4 3-4 1 3 10 Nowitzki 34 5-12 2-2 1-7 2 4 16 Laettner 19 2-9 1-2 3-4 2 2 5 Finley 42 10-21 6-8 3-9 8 2 26 Nash 37 7-15 3-3 1-4 5 3 20 Eisley 24 2-7 1-2 0-4 3 3 7 Buckner 27 2-7 3-6 8-11 0 4 7 Davis 14 0-2 0-0 1-4 0 2 0 Bradley 20 3-8 0-0 0-5 1 3 6 Alexander DNP - coach's decision Curley DNP - coach's decision Vaught DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-88 18-27 20-52 22 26 97 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.398, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 9-25, .360 (Nowitzki 4-8, Finley 0-5, Nash 3-6, Eisley 2-5, Davis 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 9 (Bradley 6, Eisley, Laettner, Nash). Turnovers: 18 (Nash 5, Davis 3, Laettner 3, Bradley 2, Finley 2, Eisley, Nowitzki). Steals: 9 (Finley 2, Najera 2, Nowitzki 2, Buckner, Laettner, Nash). ____________________________________________ Milwaukee 21 25 27 20 - 93 Dallas 30 23 28 16 - 97 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Milwaukee 1 (Cassell, 3:44 4th). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,600. T: 2:18. Officials: Bob Delaney, Derrick Stafford, Leroy Richardson.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- Hoping to build on their strong finish of a season ago, the Milwaukee Bucks ran into another team carrying over some serious momentum from April.

Michael Finley had a stellar all-around effort with 26 points, nine rebounds and eight assists as the Dallas Mavericks never trailed and held on for a 97-93 victory over the Bucks in the season opener for both teams.

Finley scored 10 points in the first quarter, when the Mavericks built a 30-21 advantage. Although Ray Allen, who also scored 26 points, helped the Bucks challenge that lead on several occasions, Milwaukee never was able to move ahead.

"It was a good team win," Finley said. "We came out and played the type of ball that Milwaukee is capable of playing. We withstood their runs, made some key defensive stops down the stretch and ultimately came out with a win."

Steve Nash scored 20 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 16, including a 3-pointer from the right corner with 1:23 to play that sealed the win, giving Dallas a 97-88 bulge.

"My teammates did a great job of finding me," Nowitzki said. "If I've got an open shot, I'm going to shoot it every time in any game. I know I'm a shooter. I'm going to take a shot whenever I'm open."

Sam Cassell had 15 points and seven assists for Milwaukee, which had won its previous nine season openers dating to 1991.

The Bucks won 10 of their final 13 games last season and pushed eventual Eastern Conference champion Indiana to a decisive fifth game before being eliminated.

Dallas was an NBA-best 9-1 last in April and went 16-5 down the stretch, raising hopes that this would be the campaign in which it could finally end its 11-season playoff drought.

"I think the first week for us is real important," Finley said. "Just to see where we are at. The good thing for us is we didn't play well tonight and we still won. If we can get something out of that then that's good. Hopefully, we can pick it up a little bit and come in here Thursday (against Indiana) and play well."

Finley connected on 10-of-21 shots and came within one rebound and two assists of his sixth career triple-double. Dallas rookie Eduardo Najera started at small forward and scored 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting in 23 minutes.

Nowitzki, who showed great improvement as a second-year player last season, knocked down 4-of-8 shots from beyond the arc, including what proved to be the dagger for the resilient Bucks.

Bucks sharpshooter Glenn Robinson had a rough night, misfiring on 10-of-14 shots and finishing with 11 points in 43 minutes. New addition Lindsey Hunter and Tim Thomas provided a spark off the bench with 12 points apiece, but the Bucks never were able to recover from their sluggish first period.

"They executed towards the end, and that's what won them the game. That is the bottom line," Thomas said.

Less than a minute into play, Finley accepted a perfect feed from Nash and nailed a short jumper that snapped a 2-2 tie. Finley fed Najera for a five-footer and made a layup before hitting a 19-footer. He hit two free throws before finding Howard Eisley all alone on the right sideline for a 24-footer that made it 23-13 with 5:12 left in the opening quarter.

"It was intense, but its easy to be intense for the first game," Finley said. "We just have to stay consistent with that throughout the season. When you're going against the Milwaukee Bucks, a team that was in the playoffs and used to this atmosphere, it's not hard to get up for this game."

The Bucks did make several runs at the lead and pulled within 81-80 on a basket by Allen with 8:48 to play. But Finley answered with a 14-footer and Nash connected from beyond the arc as Dallas opened an 86-80 cushion with just under seven minutes to play.

Nowitzki's 25-footer just over a minute later made it 91-82.

Greg Buckner had seven points and 11 rebounds off the bench for Dallas and new addition Christian Laettner started at center but was only able to manage five points in 19 lackluster minutes.

The Mavericks shot 40 percent (35-of-88) and held a 52-51 rebounding edge.

Milwaukee coach George Karl named starting center Ervin Johnson his team captain prior to the game and then watched the 6-11 pivotman scored six points in 18 minutes.

"It was a really good game tonight," current Dallas and former Bucks coach Don Nelson said. "A lot of fun to be in it, and coach in it. It's always a treat, to coach against George Karl. He's always innovative, so its kind of a chess match."

"It will be a good game to learn from," Karl said. "I think it will take us knowing we just can't go out there and play. We have to do good stuff. We have to make good decisions, and tonight we waited too long to do that."

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