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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- DALLAS 28 22 24 16 90 LA CLIPPERS 21 17 20 18 76 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: DAL - SHAWN BRADLEY 22, DIRK NOWITZKI 16, HUBERT DAVIS 10 LAC - QUENTIN RICHARDSON 19, LAMAR ODOM 18, DARIUS MILES 9

HIGH REBOUND: DAL - SHAWN BRADLEY 8, DIRK NOWITZKI 8 LAC - THREE PLAYERS WITH 8

HIGH ASSISTS: DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 4 LAC - DARIUS MILES 3, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 2

ATT: 9,340


Extended Box

DALLAS (90) AT LA CLIPPERS (76)

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

FINLEY F 39 4-19 0-0 1 4 5 5 1 2 0 9 NOWITZKI F 18 4-12 8-9 2 6 8 0 4 0 1 16 BRADLEY C 31 8-9 6-6 3 5 8 0 3 0 1 22 BUCKNER G 32 3-7 2-2 3 2 5 1 6 0 1 8 NASH G 24 2-6 2-2 1 1 2 4 0 1 2 8 DAVIS 35 4-9 0-0 0 1 1 1 3 1 0 10 LAETTNER 16 3-5 3-4 1 3 4 0 1 2 2 9 EISLEY 28 1-4 0-0 0 2 2 4 4 0 1 3 ALEXANDER 14 2-6 1-2 1 5 6 0 3 0 2 5 CURLEY 3 0-1 0-2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 NAJERA DNP - BRUISED RIGHT SHIN VAUGHT DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-78 22-27 12 29 41 15 26 7 10 90 (.397) (.815) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 10(4 PTS)

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

ODOM F 31 7-13 4-11 3 5 8 2 5 0 3 18 SKINNER F 9 2-2 2-2 0 2 2 0 1 1 1 6 OLOWOKANDI C 21 1-3 2-4 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 4 MCINNIS G 30 3-10 0-0 1 3 4 2 1 0 2 7 NESBY G 17 0-5 1-2 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 1 RICHARDSON 38 8-18 3-5 4 4 8 2 2 1 1 19 MILES 26 4-9 1-4 3 4 7 3 4 1 5 9 ROOKS 22 3-7 0-0 2 6 8 0 4 1 1 6 PIATKOWSKI 16 1-2 0-0 2 3 5 1 2 0 1 2 DOOLING 18 1-2 0-2 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 MAGGETTE 12 1-3 0-3 0 2 2 2 0 1 0 2 STRONG DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-74 13-33 17 33 50 13 21 6 16 76 (.419) (.394) TEAM REBS: 16 TOTAL TO: 20(19 PTS)

DALLAS 28 22 24 16 - 90 LA CLIPPERS 21 17 20 18 - 76

BLOCKED SHOTS: DALLAS - BRADLEY 3, LAETTNER, EISLEY, NOWITZKI. LA CLIPPERS - MILES 3, OLOWOKANDI. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: DALLAS 6-14 (.429), FINLEY 1-3, NOWITZKI 0-1, NASH 2-2, DAVIS 2-5, EISLEY 1-2, CURLEY 0-1. LA CLIPPERS 1-8 (.125), MCINNIS 1-1, NESBY 0-5, RICHARDSON 0-1, MILES 0-1. TECHNICALS: NONE. OFFICIALS: JOE DEROSA, DAVID JONES, (MICHAEL SMITH. A - 9,340. T - 2:07.


Box Score

DALLAS (90) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Finley 39 4-19 0-0 1-5 5 1 9 Nowitzki 18 4-12 8-9 2-8 0 4 16 Bradley 31 8-9 6-6 3-8 0 3 22 Buckner 32 3-7 2-2 3-5 1 6 8 Nash 24 2-6 2-2 1-2 4 0 8 Davis 35 4-9 0-0 0-1 1 3 10 Laettner 16 3-5 3-4 1-4 0 1 9 Eisley 28 1-4 0-0 0-2 4 4 3 Alexander 14 2-6 1-2 1-6 0 3 5 Curley 3 0-1 0-2 0-0 0 1 0 Najera DNP - bruised right shin Vaught DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-78 22-27 12-41 15 26 90 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.397, FT-.815. 3-Point Goals: 6-14, .429 (Finley 1-3, Nowitzki 0-1, Nash 2-2, Davis 2-5, Eisley 1-2, Curley 0-1). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 6 (Bradley 3, Laettner, Eisley, Nowitzki). Turnovers: 10 (Alexander 2, Laettner 2, Nash 2, Bradley, Buckner, Eisley, Nowitzki). Steals: 7 (Finley 2, Laettner 2, Curley, Davis, Nash).

LA CLIPPERS (76) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Odom 31 7-13 4-11 3-8 2 5 18 Skinner 9 2-2 2-2 0-2 0 1 6 Olowokandi 21 1-3 2-4 2-3 0 0 4 Mcinnis 30 3-10 0-0 1-4 2 1 7 Nesby 17 0-5 1-2 0-2 0 1 1 Richardson 38 8-18 3-5 4-8 2 2 19 Miles 26 4-9 1-4 3-7 3 4 9 Rooks 22 3-7 0-0 2-8 0 4 6 Piatkowski 16 1-2 0-0 2-5 1 2 2 Dooling 18 1-2 0-2 0-1 1 1 2 Maggette 12 1-3 0-3 0-2 2 0 2 Strong DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-74 13-33 17-50 13 21 76 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.419, FT-.394. 3-Point Goals: 1-8, .125 (Mcinnis 1-1, Nesby 0-5, Richardson 0-1, Miles 0-1). Team rebounds: 16. Blocked shots: 4 (Miles 3, Olowokandi). Turnovers: 20 (Miles 5, Odom 3, Mcinnis 2, Dooling, Nesby, Piatkowski, Richardson, Rooks, Skinner). Steals: 6 (Dooling, Maggette, Miles, Richardson, Rooks, Skinner). ____________________________________________ Dallas 28 22 24 16 - 90 La Clippers 21 17 20 18 - 76 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: None. Flagrant fouls: None. A: 9,340. T: 2:07. Officials: Joe Derosa, David Jones, (michael Smith.


Game Story

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Shawn Bradley wasn't supposed to be a primary option in the Dallas Mavericks offense, but the Los Angeles Clippers couldn't tell.

Bradley was 8-of-9 from the field and scored 22 points, leading the Mavericks to an easy 90-76 victory over the Clippers, who were never in the game.

"I was part of second option tonight," Bradley said. "So when (the Clippers) double-teamed, and because we were spaced, we were able to hit the open man for a jump shot or roll to the basket. It worked well for me.

Dirk Nowitzki added 16 points and eight rebounds and Hubert Davis scored 10 points for the Mavericks, who were coming off Sunday's 109-84 loss at Sacramento.

"Each one of us needs to step up and come out with the energy we need to win," Bradley said. "Los Angeles has been playing good basketball. They've played some good teams very close. We knew coming in here wouldn't be a cake walk. We needed to come out with energy, dictate and that's what we did."

The 7-6 center, who never has blossomed into the star the Philadelphia 76ers thought he could be when they took him with the second overall pick in the 1993 draft, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots. Coach Don Nelson has said he does not look for points from the reed-thin Bradley but wants rebounds and defense.

"Bradley was great and it's about time," Nelson said. "I've been waiting for him and he hasn't made many shots this year. We'll take it when ever it happens and it happened tonight."

Rookie Quentin Richardson led the Clippers with a season-high 19 points and Lamar Odom scored 18. But they were the only Los Angeles players in double figures.

"We don't know each other and I think that's the problem now," Odom said. "We're unsure on what we're doing. I don't think we're confident. It's a mixture of things. Little things that amount to big things that become losses and that we have to correct."

The Clippers made just 13-of-33 free throws, did not connect from the field for the first 4:11 and committed 20 turnovers, giving away the game. After the game, coach Alvin Gentry held a 42-minute closed door meeting with his team.

"We haven't played well in the last two games but it's not the end of the world," Gentry said. "We knew coming in to the season when you're playing with a young team, you're going to go through situtions like this. What we're looking at is how we handle the adversity. I don't think there is any reason to panic. It's just two games we haven't played well offensively. We have to find a way offensively to find some continuity and score some points."

Fresh out of high school, Los Angeles rookie Darius Miles continues to compile a stunning highlight reel with his play at both ends of the court. He leaped to tip away Michael Finley's driving layup attempt, and somehow was there, diving head-first into the stands at the sideline in an attempt to flip the ball back to a teammate to start a fast break.

But all the Clippers' youthful enthusiasm and ability to make flashy plays could not overcome the workmanlike effort of the Mavericks. Los Angeles suffered its second straight double-digit defeat, despite Dallas going deep into its bench with several minutes left.

Michael Olowokandi gave the Clippers their only lead when he made 1-of-2 free throws for the game's first point. Steve Nash hit a 3-pointer 50 seconds into the contest, and Dallas was ahead to stay.

Nowitzki connected on a pair of jumpers and Nash fed Greg Buckner for a jumper that put the Mavericks ahead, 9-1. Olowokandi again went 1-of-2 from the line, but Nowitzki answered with back-to-back jumpers and the Mavericks led 13-2 with 8:10 left.

The Clippers did not make a field goal until rookie Brian Skinner flipped in a hook from 10 feet with 7:49 to go in the first quarter. But Los Angeles never got back in it. The deficit was cut to six points, but Dallas built it to 13 three times in the first quarter.

"Dallas came out and dictated the tone and shot the ball well," Los Angeles forward Sean Rooks said. "They got off to a good start and we didn't execute. We're still just trying to find out our identity. We're trying to iron out the wrinkles but we haven't been able to do that yet."

Odom hit an 18-footer that brought the Clippers within 28-23 in the opening moments of the second quarter, but the Mavericks answered with a 15-2 run over the next 6:15, extending to a 43-25 lead on Courtney Alexander's basket with 5:30 left before halftime.

The Clippers never got the margin under double digits in the second half, losing for the eighth straight time in the series.

"Of course this was an ugly win but we'll take it," Dallas forward Christian Laettner said. "You just have to be sure not to play a bad game when you come here because they can beat you."

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