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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- INDIANA 19 24 20 25 88 DALLAS 32 15 21 26 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: IND - TRAVIS BEST 30, REGGIE MILLER 13, ZAN TABAK 13 DAL - STEVE NASH 18, HOWARD EISLEY 16, DIRK NOWITZKI 15

HIGH REBOUND: IND - TRAVIS BEST 11, DERRICK MCKEY 6 DAL - SHAWN BRADLEY 7, GREG BUCKNER 6

HIGH ASSISTS: IND - TRAVIS BEST 8, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 2 DAL - STEVE NASH 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 11,750


Extended Box

INDIANA (88) AT DALLAS (94)

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

ONEAL F 20 0-4 2-2 2 2 4 1 2 1 1 2 PERKINS F 20 1-4 0-0 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 3 CROSHERE C 22 4-11 3-4 0 4 4 0 5 0 2 11 BEST G 45 12-20 4-4 1 10 11 8 2 2 4 30 R MILLER G 40 4-11 3-3 1 2 3 2 5 2 4 13 HARRINGTON 29 3-9 6-10 2 3 5 2 4 0 4 12 TABAK 30 6-7 1-6 3 1 4 2 4 0 2 13 J BENDER 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 EDNEY 3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 2 MCKEY 28 1-3 0-0 1 5 6 1 3 1 2 2 FOSTER DNP - COACH'S DECISION ROSE DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 32-70 19-29 12 28 40 18 28 7 19 88 (.457) (.655) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 20(18 PTS)

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

NAJERA F 18 2-3 0-0 3 1 4 1 3 0 1 4 NOWITZKI F 34 5-13 4-6 0 5 5 1 3 2 3 15 BRADLEY C 31 2-10 2-2 2 5 7 2 3 0 3 6 FINLEY G 37 5-11 3-3 0 4 4 2 0 1 1 14 NASH G 33 7-13 1-1 2 1 3 5 4 1 2 18 BUCKNER 30 5-7 3-3 0 6 6 3 4 1 0 13 LAETTNER 9 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 EISLEY 22 5-9 5-6 0 1 1 3 2 2 1 16 VAUGHT 16 2-4 0-0 0 1 1 0 5 1 1 4 DAVIS 10 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 ALEXANDER DNP - COACH'S DECISION CURLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 35-75 18-21 8 24 32 18 24 8 13 94 (.467) (.857) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 14(17 PTS)

INDIANA 19 24 20 25 - 88 DALLAS 32 15 21 26 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: INDIANA - R MILLER, ONEAL, MCKEY. DALLAS - BRADLEY 5, NOWITZKI 2. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: INDIANA 5-16 (.313), PERKINS 1-3, CROSHERE 0-3, BEST 2-5, R MILLER 2-4, MCKEY 0-1. DALLAS 6-15 (.400), NOWITZKI 1-5, FINLEY 1-2, NASH 3-5, EISLEY 1-3. TECHNICALS: INDIANA - R MILLER, DALLAS - BRADLEY. OFFICIALS: STEVE JAVIE, RON OLESIAK, BENNIE ADAMS. A - 11,750. T - 2:14.


Box Score

INDIANA (88) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Oneal 20 0-4 2-2 2-4 1 2 2 Perkins 20 1-4 0-0 2-3 0 1 3 Croshere 22 4-11 3-4 0-4 0 5 11 Best 45 12-20 4-4 1-11 8 2 30 R Miller 40 4-11 3-3 1-3 2 5 13 Harrington 29 3-9 6-10 2-5 2 4 12 Tabak 30 6-7 1-6 3-4 2 4 13 J Bender 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Edney 3 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 Mckey 28 1-3 0-0 1-6 1 3 2 Foster DNP - coach's decision Rose DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 32-70 19-29 12-40 18 28 88 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.457, FT-.655. 3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Perkins 1-3, Croshere 0-3, Best 2-5, R Miller 2-4, Mckey 0-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (R Miller, Oneal, Mckey). Turnovers: 20 (Best 4, Harrington 4, R Miller 4, Croshere 2, Mckey 2, Tabak 2, Oneal). Steals: 7 (Best 2, R Miller 2, Edney, Mckey, Oneal).

DALLAS (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Najera 18 2-3 0-0 3-4 1 3 4 Nowitzki 34 5-13 4-6 0-5 1 3 15 Bradley 31 2-10 2-2 2-7 2 3 6 Finley 37 5-11 3-3 0-4 2 0 14 Nash 33 7-13 1-1 2-3 5 4 18 Buckner 30 5-7 3-3 0-6 3 4 13 Laettner 9 2-5 0-0 0-0 0 0 4 Eisley 22 5-9 5-6 0-1 3 2 16 Vaught 16 2-4 0-0 0-1 0 5 4 Davis 10 0-0 0-0 1-1 1 0 0 Alexander DNP - coach's decision Curley DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 35-75 18-21 8-32 18 24 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.467, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Nowitzki 1-5, Finley 1-2, Nash 3-5, Eisley 1-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 7 (Bradley 5, Nowitzki 2). Turnovers: 14 (Bradley 3, Nowitzki 3, Nash 2, Eisley, Finley, Laettner, Najera, Vaught). Steals: 8 (Eisley 2, Nowitzki 2, Buckner, Finley, Nash, Vaught). ____________________________________________ Indiana 19 24 20 25 - 88 Dallas 32 15 21 26 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Indiana 1 (R Miller, 3:04 1st). Dallas 1 (Bradley, 6:52 1st). Flagrant fouls: Indiana 1 (Harrington, 4:45 1st). A: 11,750. T: 2:14. Officials: Steve Javie, Ron Olesiak, Bennie Adams.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- For a change, the Dallas Mavericks are taking advantage of their opportunities.

Steve Nash scored 18 points and Howard Eisley added 16 to lead a balanced attack as the Mavericks used a late fourth-quarter burst to post a 94-88 triumph over the Indiana Pacers.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 15 points, Michael Finley 14 and Greg Buckner 13 for the Mavericks, who never trailed after the opening three minutes. Nowitzki came through late, draining a 3-pointer from the right corner with 3:41 left to ignite a 9-3 run that sealed the victory.

The woeful Mavericks actually began the 1997-98 campaign with three straight wins. But after spending most of the last decade as one of the league's doormats and failing to reach the playoffs in each of the last 11 campaigns, the team appears poised to build upon on last season's late success.

Dallas was 9-1 in April and 15-6 in its final 21 games of 1999-2000. They opened this season with a 97-93 win over Milwaukee and built on that tonight.

"This year we are starting off right," Nowitzki said. "We've got one more home game which is winnable. Of course Utah is a pretty great team. If we come out with energy, we can beat anyone at home."

Dallas made 18-of-21 free throw attempts, including 5-of-6 by Eisley in the final 30 seconds. They took advantage of the Pacers' struggles at the free throw line (19-of-29) and poor ballhandling (20 turnovers).

Travis Best scored a career-high 30 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and handed out eight assists for the Pacers, who have dropped their opening two games on the road.

Indiana has lost two straight to open the season for the first time since beginning the 1996-97 campaign with three consecutive defeats.

"0-2, that isn't worth talking about," Indiana guard Reggie Miller said.

"We're on the road against two pretty good teams," Pacers' first-year coach Isiah Thomas said. "You expect the home team to win these games. This was a winnable game if we had made our free throws. I think that was the difference in the game. We got off to a slow start. I thought we had a chance to win the ballgame."

The Mavericks led 68-63 entering the final quarter and were up by eight with 5:40 to play. But Al Harrington hit a free throw and Miller had a tip-in and a 3-pointer as Indiana got within 80-78 with 4:10 remaining.

But Nowitzki sank a 23-footer from the right corner 29 seconds later. Harrington hit two free throws with 2:57 to go before Buckner converted back-to-back baskets 37 seconds apart to open an 87-80 advantage.

"I feel pretty comfortable," Nowitzki added. "That's my strength. I struggled early on in the game, but everybody said 'keep shooting.' It was good for me to make the shot. It gave me a lot of confidence."

After Miller sank a free throw with 77 seconds left, Buckner drained a 10-footer from the right wing 24 seconds later for an 89-81 cushion. Best hit two free throws with 48 seconds to go before Eisley's success at the line sealed the victory.

"The coaching staff and the team has confidence in Greg (Buckner)," Finley said. "We know what he's capable of doing. That particular matchup was to our advantage. Greg made the most of it with some big shots at the end. That's just the kind of player that he is."

"Obviously we broke down defensively and gave them some good looks at the basket," Pacers forward Austin Croshere said. "Anytime you are down on the road you have to make stops at the end of the game. That is what cost us the game tonight."

Miller was just 4-of-11 from the field, scoring 13 points.

"We didn't shut him down, he just missed shots," Finley added. "We made it tough for him. That was our whole thing -- limit his catches. That's one step in holding him down a little bit. You know Reggie's an All Star, he'll probably bounce back. Hopefully, not against us next time."

Indiana was also done in by its starting forward tandem of Jermaine O'Neal and Sam Perkins, who combined on just five points and seven rebounds in 40 minutes.

Dallas rookie Eduardo Najera, who scored 10 points in his pro debut on Tuesday, had just four points and four rebounds in 18 minutes.

Indiana made 17-of-35 shots and held a 22-14 edge on the boards in the first half but still trailed 47-43 at intermission.

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