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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- CHICAGO 23 17 18 28 86 DALLAS 26 27 31 21 105 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: CHI - KHALID EL AMIN 18, RON MERCER 16, COREY BENJAMIN 16 DAL - STEVE NASH 22, CHRISTIAN LAETTNER 17, TWO PLAYERS WITH 14

HIGH REBOUND: CHI - MARCUS FIZER 9, DRAGAN TARLAC 7 DAL - THREE PLAYERS WITH 7

HIGH ASSISTS: CHI - JAMAL CRAWFORD 6, KHALID EL AMIN 4 DAL - STEVE NASH 5, TWO PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 16,600


Extended Box

CHICAGO (86) AT DALLAS (105)

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

ARTEST F 29 7-12 1-2 1 1 2 1 2 3 1 15 FIZER F 37 3-10 2-2 4 5 9 2 2 0 4 8 TARLAC C 23 1-1 2-2 3 4 7 0 5 1 6 4 EL AMIN G 28 8-14 0-0 1 3 4 4 2 0 1 18 MERCER G 41 6-18 3-4 0 4 4 1 1 0 3 16 CRAWFORD 27 2-6 0-0 0 4 4 6 4 1 1 5 RUFFIN 25 1-3 0-2 2 3 5 1 4 1 2 2 C BENJAMIN 19 6-10 2-3 1 2 3 1 4 1 1 16 BAGARIC 11 0-3 2-4 0 2 2 1 2 2 1 2 BRAND DNP - HYPER-EXTENDED LEFT KNEE HOIBERG DNP - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE VOSKUHL DNP - TENDONITIS LEFT FOOT

TOTALS 240 34-77 12-19 12 28 40 17 26 9 20 86 (.442) (.632) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 20(24 PTS)

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

FINLEY F 28 6-11 2-3 1 1 2 3 0 0 3 14 NOWITZKI F 24 4-11 5-6 2 5 7 2 2 0 2 14 LAETTNER C 21 8-14 1-1 3 3 6 2 4 0 0 17 EISLEY G 25 1-5 1-2 0 0 0 3 2 3 1 3 NASH G 24 10-12 2-2 0 1 1 5 1 0 1 22 BRADLEY 15 1-2 0-0 3 4 7 0 1 0 0 2 DAVIS 33 2-8 0-0 0 3 3 1 0 2 2 6 VAUGHT 20 4-5 2-3 5 2 7 2 3 1 0 10 ALEXANDER 17 1-7 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 1 1 2 BRYANT 12 2-3 1-1 0 4 4 1 4 0 2 5 NAJERA 13 3-8 2-7 1 2 3 1 1 1 1 8 HARVEY 8 1-1 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 2

TOTALS 240 43-87 16-25 15 31 46 23 21 8 13 105 (.494) (.640) TEAM REBS: 10 TOTAL TO: 14(13 PTS)

CHICAGO 23 17 18 28 - 86 DALLAS 26 27 31 21 - 105

BLOCKED SHOTS: CHICAGO - BAGARIC 3, ARTEST 2, MERCER, CRAWFORD, EL AMIN. DALLAS - BRADLEY 5, LAETTNER, NOWITZKI. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: CHICAGO 6-13 (.462), ARTEST 0-1, EL AMIN 2-3, MERCER 1-2, CRAWFORD 1-2, C BENJAMIN 2-4, BAGARIC 0-1. DALLAS 3-10 (.300), FINLEY 0-1, NOWITZKI 1-3, EISLEY 0-1, DAVIS 2-4, NAJERA 0-1. TECHNICALS: CHICAGO - HEAD COACH FLOYD (EJECTED). OFFICIALS: DAN CRAWFORD, MIKE SMITH, KEVIN FEHR. A - 16,600. T - 2:03.


Box Score

CHICAGO (86) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Artest 29 7-12 1-2 1-2 1 2 15 Fizer 37 3-10 2-2 4-9 2 2 8 Tarlac 23 1-1 2-2 3-7 0 5 4 El Amin 28 8-14 0-0 1-4 4 2 18 Mercer 41 6-18 3-4 0-4 1 1 16 Crawford 27 2-6 0-0 0-4 6 4 5 Ruffin 25 1-3 0-2 2-5 1 4 2 C Benjamin 19 6-10 2-3 1-3 1 4 16 Bagaric 11 0-3 2-4 0-2 1 2 2 Brand DNP - hyper-extended left knee Hoiberg DNP - sprained left ankle Voskuhl DNP - tendonitis left foot _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-77 12-19 12-40 17 26 86 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.442, FT-.632. 3-Point Goals: 6-13, .462 (Artest 0-1, El Amin 2-3, Mercer 1-2, Crawford 1-2, C Benjamin 2-4, Bagaric 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 8 (Bagaric 3, Artest 2, Mercer, Crawford, El Amin). Turnovers: 20 (Tarlac 6, Fizer 4, Mercer 3, Ruffin 2, Artest, Bagaric, C Benjamin, Crawford, El Amin). Steals: 9 (Artest 3, Bagaric 2, C Benjamin, Crawford, Ruffin, Tarlac).

DALLAS (105) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Finley 28 6-11 2-3 1-2 3 0 14 Nowitzki 24 4-11 5-6 2-7 2 2 14 Laettner 21 8-14 1-1 3-6 2 4 17 Eisley 25 1-5 1-2 0-0 3 2 3 Nash 24 10-12 2-2 0-1 5 1 22 Bradley 15 1-2 0-0 3-7 0 1 2 Davis 33 2-8 0-0 0-3 1 0 6 Vaught 20 4-5 2-3 5-7 2 3 10 Alexander 17 1-7 0-0 0-3 2 2 2 Bryant 12 2-3 1-1 0-4 1 4 5 Najera 13 3-8 2-7 1-3 1 1 8 Harvey 8 1-1 0-0 0-3 1 1 2 _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 43-87 16-25 15-46 23 21 105 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.494, FT-.640. 3-Point Goals: 3-10, .300 (Finley 0-1, Nowitzki 1-3, Eisley 0-1, Davis 2-4, Najera 0-1). Team rebounds: 10. Blocked shots: 7 (Bradley 5, Laettner, Nowitzki). Turnovers: 14 (Finley 3, Bryant 2, Davis 2, Nowitzki 2, Alexander, Eisley, Najera, Nash). Steals: 8 (Eisley 3, Davis 2, Alexander, Najera, Vaught). ____________________________________________ Chicago 23 17 18 28 - 86 Dallas 26 27 31 21 - 105 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Chicago 1 (Head Coach Floyd (ejected), 7:34 3rd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 16,600. T: 2:03. Officials: Dan Crawford, Mike Smith, Kevin Fehr.


Game Story

DALLAS (Ticker) -- The Dallas Mavericks gave coach Don Nelson a wonderful going-away present.

In his last game before seeking treatment for prostate cancer, Nelson moved past mentor Red Auerbach into fourth place on the all-time wins list as his Mavericks pounded the Chicago Bulls, 105-86.

Nelson, 60, revealed after Tuesday's loss at Houston that he has prostate cancer in its early stages. Before tonight's game, he announced he is taking an undetermined leave of absence to seek possible treatment options.

"I am just real happy about that," Nelson said. "Now I am going to take some time off and get a second opinion. I told the team I don't know exactly how long it's going to be. It will be some period of time. I could maybe join them again, but eventually I am going to have to get this taken care of. So I need more information."

"We wish him the best," Dallas guard Steve Nash said. "Hopefully he'll be back soon. Obviously his challenge is much more important and greater than ours. We really wish the best for him.

"The season becomes somewhat irrelevant. Obviously, we want to take care of business. That could do wonders for Nellie's return. I believe it would help his health, a shot of a positive atmosphere. We've got to keep winning but it's really inconsequential when you look at the big picture and you look at Nellie's illness. We just want the best for him."

With Nelson off to see doctors in Salt Lake City this weekend, the Mavericks made sure he would be in good spirits, using a 30-2 run across the second and third quarters to turn a close game into a laugher.

In his 24th season, Nelson has a record of 939-760. He moved past Auerbach, his coach with the Boston Celtics in the 1960s. Nelson's win total is surpassed only by Toronto's Lenny Wilkens, Miami's Pat Riley and the retired Bill Fitch.

"I teased him, asking him, `Does that mean you're a good coach or just old?'" Mavs guard Michael Finley said. "Coach is well-deserving (of the milestone). He's been around this league as a player and a coach. He's done so much, not only for the game, but for my game in particular. To be part of something historical for him is an honor for me. I'm happy for him."

Assistant Del Harris will coach the Mavs on Sunday, when they begin a six-game road trip against New Jersey.

"(The) team could not be in better hands," Nelson said. "Del Harris is a marvelous coach and in a lot of aspects much better than I am. I wish I had some of the skills he has. The only difference between us is that I dress a lot better than he does. My wardrobe, he wishes he had some of my stuff."

Nash scored 22 points in 24 minutes for Dallas, which substituted liberally as it dealt league-worst Chicago its fourth straight loss.

"I didn't like the first quarter a whole lot," Nelson said. "They (Bulls) played very well and made it hard for us. But after that, we got on a good roll. I played everybody. It's a perfect game to go on the road. The bench feels good about themselves, made a contribution."

The Bulls hung around for about a quarter and a half. They were within 39-38 after a jumper by rookie Khalid El-Amin with 5:53 left in the second quarter before the Mavs rattled off 12 points in a row.

Nash and Dirk Nowitzki scored four points each in the surge. A pair of free throws by Nowitzki gave Dallas a 51-38 lead with 1:22 left in the first half.

The teams traded baskets before heading to the locker room and it wasn't long before Bulls coach Tim Floyd was back there. Dallas scored the first 16 points of the period to open a 69-40 lead with 7:10 left in the third quarter.

"That was kind of the turning point," Nash said. "Everyone kind of pitched in and played well defensively. We had a lot of guys in the act offensively. Everyone scored. It was good."

In the burst, Christian Laettner scored six points, Nowitzki had five and Nash four, including two technical foul shots at the 7:34 mark for Floyd's ejection for arguing.

"I think he had every right to be frustrated," Bulls rookie guard Jamal Crawford said. "We didn't come out and play like we should have."

When Ron Mercer hit a 3-pointer with 6:44 left, he ended a spell that saw Chicago score just one basket in more than 11 minutes.

The rest of the game was garbage time as the Bulls trailed by as much as 32 points and no less than the final margin.

"You always want to make it easy for the coach," Nowitzki said. "It doesn't always work out that way. That's the best way, I think. You get a blowout. Everybody gets playing time, it's easy for the coach, for the nerves of everybody. It's perfect it works out like that."

Laettner scored 17 points and Nowitzki and Finley added 14 apiece for Dallas, which shot 49 percent (43-of-87) and forced 20 turnovers.

"It really helps when you get a layup or two just to start the ball rolling and feeling good about your shot, feel good about the ball coming out of your hand," Laettner said. "That's all it is, try to get a nice easy shot down in the hole so you can feel good about the ball leaving your hands. Then I was able to get a few jumpers."

El-Amin scored 18 points and Mercer and Corey Benjamin added 16 each for the Bulls, who shot 44 percent (34-of-77). Chicago again played without star forward Elton Brand, who has a hyperextended left knee.

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