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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- NEW YORK 11 24 23 27 85 DALLAS 32 23 15 24 94 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 18, ALLAN HOUSTON 17, KURT THOMAS 15 DAL - MICHAEL FINLEY 21, HOWARD EISLEY 17, HUBERT DAVIS 15

HIGH REBOUND: NYK - MARCUS CAMBY 16, KURT THOMAS 5 DAL - DIRK NOWITZKI 14, SHAWN BRADLEY 12

HIGH ASSISTS: NYK - CHRIS CHILDS 5, LATRELL SPREWELL 4 DAL - STEVE NASH 6, MICHAEL FINLEY 5

ATT: 14,551


Extended Box

NEW YORK (85) AT DALLAS (94)

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

L JOHNSON F 24 2-9 2-2 1 0 1 3 2 2 0 6 RICE F 25 0-6 0-0 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 0 CAMBY C 37 8-13 2-5 4 12 16 0 3 0 0 18 HOUSTON G 35 6-11 3-3 1 0 1 3 0 0 2 17 SPREWELL G 32 4-12 0-2 0 1 1 4 2 3 1 8 CHILDS 26 3-7 0-0 0 2 2 5 3 0 1 7 STRICKLAND 26 2-8 2-2 0 1 1 2 2 2 0 6 THOMAS 20 4-11 7-9 3 2 5 0 5 0 2 15 BRUNSON 5 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 4 POSTELL 5 1-1 2-2 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 4 KNIGHT 5 0-2 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 LONGLEY DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 31-82 20-27 13 22 35 18 20 7 6 85 (.378) (.741) TEAM REBS: 8 TOTAL TO: 6(4 PTS)

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

FINLEY F 41 9-21 2-2 2 2 4 5 3 0 3 21 NOWITZKI F 32 5-6 2-2 3 11 14 3 5 0 4 12 BRADLEY C 32 5-7 0-0 2 10 12 0 3 0 2 10 EISLEY G 35 7-11 0-0 0 4 4 3 1 2 2 17 NASH G 40 7-14 0-0 1 3 4 6 3 0 0 14 DAVIS 29 6-10 0-0 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 15 BUCKNER 17 0-1 3-4 0 1 1 0 5 0 1 3 VAUGHT 6 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 BRYANT 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 2 ALEXANDER 4 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 LAETTNER DNP - COACH'S DECISION NAJERA DNP - RIGHT GROIN STRAIN

TOTALS 240 40-73 7-8 8 38 46 17 26 2 16 94 (.548) (.875) TEAM REBS: 3 TOTAL TO: 17(21 PTS)

NEW YORK 11 24 23 27 - 85 DALLAS 32 23 15 24 - 94

BLOCKED SHOTS: NEW YORK - CAMBY 3, SPREWELL. DALLAS - BRADLEY 2, NOWITZKI, FINLEY. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: NEW YORK 3-14 (.214), L JOHNSON 0-2, RICE 0-2, HOUSTON 2-3, SPREWELL 0-1, CHILDS 1-2, STRICKLAND 0-4. DALLAS 7-18 (.389), FINLEY 1-3, BRADLEY 0-1, EISLEY 3-5, NASH 0-3, DAVIS 3-6. TECHNICALS: DALLAS - HEAD COACH NELSON. OFFICIALS: TED BERNHARDT, TIM DONAGHY, PHIL ROBINSON. A - 14,551. T - 2:04.


Box Score

NEW YORK (85) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp L Johnson 24 2-9 2-2 1-1 3 2 6 Rice 25 0-6 0-0 1-3 1 1 0 Camby 37 8-13 2-5 4-16 0 3 18 Houston 35 6-11 3-3 1-1 3 0 17 Sprewell 32 4-12 0-2 0-1 4 2 8 Childs 26 3-7 0-0 0-2 5 3 7 Strickland 26 2-8 2-2 0-1 2 2 6 Thomas 20 4-11 7-9 3-5 0 5 15 Brunson 5 1-2 2-2 0-1 0 1 4 Postell 5 1-1 2-2 2-3 0 0 4 Knight 5 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 1 0 Longley DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 31-82 20-27 13-35 18 20 85 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.378, FT-.741. 3-Point Goals: 3-14, .214 (L Johnson 0-2, Rice 0-2, Houston 2-3, Sprewell 0-1, Childs 1-2, Strickland 0-4). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 4 (Camby 3, Sprewell). Turnovers: 6 (Houston 2, Thomas 2, Childs, Sprewell). Steals: 7 (Sprewell 3, L Johnson 2, Strickland 2).

DALLAS (94) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Finley 41 9-21 2-2 2-4 5 3 21 Nowitzki 32 5-6 2-2 3-14 3 5 12 Bradley 32 5-7 0-0 2-12 0 3 10 Eisley 35 7-11 0-0 0-4 3 1 17 Nash 40 7-14 0-0 1-4 6 3 14 Davis 29 6-10 0-0 0-5 0 0 15 Buckner 17 0-1 3-4 0-1 0 5 3 Vaught 6 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 1 0 Bryant 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 Alexander 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Laettner DNP - coach's decision Najera DNP - right groin strain _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 40-73 7-8 8-46 17 26 94 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.548, FT-.875. 3-Point Goals: 7-18, .389 (Finley 1-3, Bradley 0-1, Eisley 3-5, Nash 0-3, Davis 3-6). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 4 (Bradley 2, Nowitzki, Finley). Turnovers: 17 (Nowitzki 4, Finley 3, Bradley 2, Bryant 2, Eisley 2, Alexander, Buckner, Vaught). Steals: 2 (Eisley 2). ____________________________________________ New York 11 24 23 27 - 85 Dallas 32 23 15 24 - 94 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Dallas 1 (Head Coach Nelson, 7:43 1st). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 14,551. T: 2:04. Officials: Ted Bernhardt, Tim Donaghy, Phil Robinson.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- Don Nelson caught Red Auerbach as the Dallas Mavericks ran away from the New York Knicks.

Nelson won the 938th game of his coaching career, tying his legendary mentor, as the Mavericks bolted to a 21-point lead in the first quarter and cruised to a 94-85 victory over the Knicks.

In parts of 24 seasons with Milwaukee, Golden State, New York and Dallas, Nelson is 938-760. As a player, he spent 11 years with the Boston Celtics, beginning his career as a sixth man on Auerbach's dynastic squads of the 1960s.

"To tie him is indeed a really special evening for me," Nelson said. "It's taken me many more years to get there than it took him. It's a tribute to him that this game means so much to me because he truly was, in my mind, the greatest coach in the NBA, for then and for now and forever."

"He is the guy who is one of the all-time greatest coaches as proved by his tying Red Auerbach tonight," Mavericks center Shawn Bradley said.

Nelson can move into fifth place on the all-time list with a win Friday at home against Chicago.

"Oh man, that's incredible. He's going to be in the Hall of Fame," Mavs guard Hubert Davis said. "I've played for (Pat) Riley, (Jeff) Van Gundy and Coach Nelson. That's pretty good company there. It's just a pleasure to play for him."

"What a thrill it must be for Nellie to catch a legend's record," Mavs guard Steve Nash said. "He's been in this game a long time and he deserves it."

One night after revealing he has prostate cancer, Nelson had a chance to relax as his young and improving team took it to the Knicks from the opening tip. Dallas shot 72 percent (13-of-18) from the field in the first quarter and raced to a 32-11 lead.

"We wanted to throw them off balance a little bit, so we trapped them and it really got us off on the right foot and got us very aggressive," Nelson said. "It helps though that they missed shots."

Michael Finley scored 11 of his 21 points in the first period for Dallas, which beat the Knicks for the first time since December 4, 1997. They had lost three in a row and 14 of 16 in the all-time series.

Howard Eisley added 17 points and former Knick Davis 15 for Dallas, which shot a blistering 55 percent (40-of-73) as it bounced back from its first consecutive losses of the season. The Mavs are 4-0 against teams from the Eastern Conference.

Marcus Camby had 18 points and 16 rebounds for the Knicks, who trailed by as many as 22 points and had their three-game winning streak snapped. New York's Texas two-step got off on the wrong foot as it visits San Antonio on Thursday.

"They shot the ball well and we tried to jump-shoot with them," Van Gundy said. "But we're not nearly as good a jump-shooting team. We have to play inside-out. We didn't do that. We got mauled on the boards."

The Knicks were in it for about a minute. A jumper by Allan Houston made it 4-4 before the Mavs scored 18 of the next 19 points. Four different players scored before Houston made a technical foul shot called against Nelson at the 7:43 mark.

Finley threw in a pair of jumpers before finding Bradley for a short hook and an 18-5 lead. Howard Eisley's second basket of the burst preceded Bradley's dunk for a 22-5 bulge with 3:16 remaining.

"We played defense and limited them to one shot," Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki said. "They had five points for pretty much the whole first quarter. Any time you keep a team to five points, you've got a great chance of winning. We got a good lead early and we sustained it."

Finley and Eisley added 3-pointers before the end of the period. The Knicks missed 13 straight shots at one point and were just 5-of-22 (23 percent) in the period.

"We had wide-open shots but they just didn't fall," said Knicks forward Glen Rice, who missed all six of his shots. "They did a good job of fronting in the low post. They made it hard for us to score in there."

The rest of the game followed a familiar pattern. The Knicks would chip away at the deficit and the Mavs would put together a run to rebuild the lead.

A dunk by Camby made it 44-33 with with 3:52 left in the second quarter before Nowitzki scored six points in an 11-2 surge that made it 55-35 with 37 seconds to go.

The Knicks closed to 70-58 after three quarters but the Mavs scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter. Finley's baskets opened and closed the run, giving Dallas a 79-58 lead with 9:29 remaining.

Garbage time began three minutes later and New York did not get within single digits until the closing seconds.

Nash scored 14 points and Nowitzki added 12 and 14 boards for Dallas, which held a 46-35 advantage on the boards and won despite shooting just eight free throws and forcing six turnovers.

"You know, we struggle so much (on the boards), but Nowitzki is getting 10 boards every night now, and when Bradley and everybody else chips in with a few here and there we can get the job done," Nelson said. "This has been such a struggle for us this year."

Houston scored 17 points and former Maverick Kurt Thomas added 15 for the Knicks, who shot 38 percent (31-of-82).

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